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ACI Europe: Promising traffic results at European airports in Oct-2013

5-Dec-2013 1:03 PM

ACI Europe reported (04-Dec-2013) continued improvement in traffic performance at European airports, reflecting better economic sentiment across Europe. Overall traffic at European airports increased 4.6% year-on-year in Oct-2013 while freight traffic also increased by 4.6%. Aircraft movements, however, was near flat at +0.2%. ACI Europe director general Olivier Jankovec noted that airports in Portugal, France, Ireland and the UK are catching up with the dynamic growth of Scandinavia while smaller markets such as Lithuania, Malta, Luxembourg and Slovenia are performing very strongly. Meanwhile, airports in Greece are back to - still modest - growth and the Spanish market appears to be bottoming out. Mr Jankovec said “these are all encouraging signals, but they need to be treated with caution. Passenger traffic was rather disappointing in other major markets – including Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Romania – and airlines have yet to grow their capacity. The improvements in freight traffic is real, but we are still below 2010 volumes.” The industry body also noted the following airport growth highlights: Antalya (+20.2%), Moscow Sheremetyevo (+13.9%), Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (+38.9%), Saint Petersburg (+14.3%), Ankara (+21.3%), Warsaw Frederic Chopin (+14.2%), Alicante (+11.5%), Porto (+11.1%), Izmir (+10.4%). [more - original PR]