Dublin once again had the highest passenger growth of all Europe’s major airports in August, new figures today show.
In the top tier of airports, Traffic at Dublin grew by 9%, comfortably ahead of Amsterdam (+7.9%), Barcelona (+6.8%), Copenhagen (+6.6%) and London Gatwick (+5.7%).
The Dublin figures were part of “very dynamic growth” seen at airports in Ireland, Lithuania, Poland and Romania, according to ACI Europe.
However the ACI figures show that August passenger traffic across the European airport network in August grew by just 2% – the weakest monthly performance in three years.
“This slowdown in growth, which started last April, is entirely attributable to a 6.2% drop in passenger traffic in the non-EU market.
“This is mainly due to airports in Turkey experiencing a dramatic fall in demand (-14.9%) in the wake of the failed coup last July, followed to a lesser extent by Russian airports (-5.5%). However, Iceland continued to stand apart not just from other non-EU market airports but from all European markets, with Keflavik airport registering stellar growth (+35.4%).
“Conversely, passenger traffic at EU airports remained fairly dynamic at +4.5%. However, part of this performance is attributable to demand shifting from Turkey to other Southern and Eastern European States – giving a boost to many airports serving prime leisure destinations in countries such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Portugal and Spain.”
ACI Europe said the EU market showed significant variations in performance. Airports in the core economies of France and Germany barely grew due to terrorism fears, while UK growth remained slightly above the EU average. However airports in Austria, Belgium, Estonia and Slovenia generally posted traffic losses.
Said ACI Europe Director General Olivier Jankovec: “These latest figures for August are essentially telling us 3 things: 1. Geopolitical and terrorism risks are increasingly shaping traffic performance for Europe’s airports; 2. Tourism & leisure demand remains a key factor for achieving growth and resilience; 3. Low Cost Carriers keep driving traffic growth, with medium sized airports benefitting the most.”