6-May-2013 1:50 PM

ACI Europe: European airport traffic growth stalls in 1Q2013

ACI Europe reported (03-May-2013) overall passenger traffic growth at European airports has been flat in the first three months of 2013, compared to 1Q2012. Overall freight traffic at European airports remained negative at -1.5% while aircraft movements fell 5.2%. Commenting on the results, ACI Europe director general Olivier Jankovec said “the first indication of traffic performance in 2013 clearly reflects the state of the European economy.” EU airports registered a 2.1% decline in passenger traffic, on the back of record unemployment and much diminished economic sentiment while non-EU markets, led by Turkey, Georgia, Russia and also Iceland, continued to report growth, with an 8.9% increase in passenger traffic. Mr Jankovec added ”the only comfort we can see is that M arch is looking slightly better than the preceding months, for EU airports.” Details include: