Global passenger traffic rose by 6.2% in May year on year, according to the latest official monthly figures from Airports Council International (ACI).
It stated that international passenger traffic remained the main growth driver, reaching 8.1%.
Europe posted the highest traffic increase at 8.2%, driven by strong international passenger growth of 9%. European domestic traffic grew by 6.1%.
The Russian Federation, Portugal and the Netherlands posted growth rates of 21.3%, 16.8% and 9% respectively.
Asia Pacific delivered the next highest regional increase, at 7.9%. Growth was distributed more evenly between international (7.7%) and domestic (7.9%) traffic.
Indian and Chinese airports continued to contribute to the region’s sustained expansion despite Beijing Capital International experiencing slower growth.
The Middle East experienced a significant slowdown as growth fell back to 4.1% compared to 11.4% in May 2016.
ACI said the ban on personal electronic devices on flights from Middle Eastern and Northern countries, between March and July, may have hindered traffic gains in the affected states.