European airports struggle in 2009 except Turkey. Heathrow outperforms Paris CDG, Frankfurt & Madrid


Being an airport operator in Europe was not easy in 2009, with deep declines in traffic virtually across the board. The exception was Turkey, with Istanbul Ataturk Airport showing solid growth, thanks to Turkish Airlines’ continued aggressive development. Overall, ACI preliminary data shows a 5.6% reduction in passenger traffic at European airports in 2009, including a 5.1% fall in international traffic and 5.7% fall in domestic volumes.

Heathrow outperformed Paris CDG, Frankfurt and Madrid last year, while Amsterdam continued to struggle.

NB: CAPA already has full 2009 traffic data for over 700 airports globally. Email us if you would like further information.

Second tier airports struggle

Geneva, Athens, Moscow Sheremetyevo and Zurich were among the best performing second tier airports last year (with only mild year-on-year traffic reductions), while Dublin, Vienna, Stockholm Arlanda and Manchester all struggled with traffic losses in excess of 10%.

European airports passenger numbers and passenger numbers growth in 2009

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