European airport trade body, ACI EUROPE released its traffic report for July 2015. The report is the only air transport report which includes all types of civil aviation passenger flights: network, low cost, charter and others.
During July, passenger traffic at Europe’s airports grew by +6.7%, pointing to a strong peak summer season for air travel. At EU airports, the average passenger traffic growth was +6.4% with Slovenia, Ireland, Hungary, Romania and Luxembourg leading the region with double digit growth. Passenger traffic at Non-EU airports rebounded after several months of very weak growth, reporting a +7.6% increase – despite continued weakness in Russia.
Meanwhile, freight traffic across the European airport network reported tepid growth of +0.5%. Finally, aircraft movements were up +2.6%, reflecting increased airline capacity.
During July, airports welcoming more than 25 million passengers per year (Group 1), airports welcoming between 10 and 25 million passengers (Group 2), airports welcoming between 5 and 10 million passengers (Group 3) and airports welcoming less than 5 million passengers per year (Group 4) reported an average adjustment +5.7%, +8.4%, +6.6% and +6.3%.
The airports which reported the highest increases in passenger traffic during the month of July (compared with July 2014) are as follows:
GROUP 1: Istanbul IST (+16.9%), Madrid (+13.1%), Amsterdam (+8.4%), Frankfurt (+6.6%) and London LGW (+6.4%)
GROUP 2: Istanbul SAW (+28.5%), Ankara (+25.7%), Athens (+20.6%), Tel Aviv (+18.9%) and Dublin (+16.9%)
GROUP 3: Gothenburg (+30.0%), Porto (+15.0%), Budapest (+14.3%) Glasgow (+13.6%) and Stuttgart STR (+11.0%)
GROUP 4: Turku (+752.9%), Ohrid (+70.1%), Bucharest BBU (+51.3%), Rome CIA (+44.7%) and Trabzon (+39.5%)
The ‘ACI EUROPE Airport Traffic Report – July 2015’ includes 209 airports in total representing more than 88% of European air passenger traffic.