27 FEBRUARY 2017
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Passenger traffic across the European airport network showed strong momentum in 2016, posting an average growth of +5.1%.
All of this growth was generated within the European Union, with airports in the bloc seeing passenger volumes increasing by an impressive +6.7%. While terrorist attacks took a toll on demand in Belgium, France and to a much lesser extent Germany, their impact remained local and had subsided by year-end.
Conversely, passenger traffic at non-EU airports posted an average decrease of -0.9%, mainly due to falling traffic at Turkish airports (-6.6%) caused by terrorism and political instability. Although gradually improving after the summer, passenger traffic remained weak at Russian airports for the whole year – meanwhile, other non-EU markets such as Iceland, Israel and Ukraine experienced very dynamic growth.
Among the majors, Amsterdam-Schiphol was the only one growing significantly (+9.2%), it is now Europe’s, third busiest airport with 63.6m passengers, behind Heathrow (75.7m +1%) and Charles de Gaulle (65.9m +0.3%). Istanbul-Atatürk retrenched to fifth place (60m -2.1%) while Frankfurt maintained its position as the fourth busiest European airport (60.7m -0.4%).
The significant drop in leisure demand at Turkish airports contributed to the performance of the EU market, with this demand shifting to airports in Croatia, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Greece, Portugal, Romania and Spain. This helped most of these markets achieving double digit growth – along with Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Poland.
THE TOP 30 EUROPEAN AIRPORTS 2016
These figures are taken from Wikipedia
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