Madrid barajas airports further growth in its category
The traffic of passengers at airports in Europe grew an average 5% during the month of February. Analyzing separately the figures, is observed how s e completely reversed the situation: traffic of passengers in the European Union grew by 6.2%, driven especially by the double-digit growth in Greece, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal, Romania, Hungary and Lithuania; While non-EU airports recorded an increase in traffic of 1.3%, due mainly to the loss of traffic on Ukraine and Russia, as well as the impact of severe weather conditions in some parts of Turkey. In the ranking of the fastest-growing, Madrid-Barajas leads group 1 (more than 25 M people) with a 12%.
The airport of Athens, with an increase of 24.7%, leads Group 2 (between 10 and 25 M PAX); Milan Bergamo-Orio al Serio, with 18.2%, theGroup 3; and the airport of Chania, Crete, with 94.4% was placed on Group 4 (less than 5 M PAX), positioning itself as the European airport with the highest growth.
Thus the report of the Council international airports-Europe (ACI Europe), unique in the sector of air transport which includes all kinds of civil aviation passenger flights – traditional companies, low cost and charter airlines – reveals him and contains figures of 209 airports that concentrate altogether more than 88% of European traffic from air passengers.
Categories by traffic
During the month of February, the airports with more than 25 million passengers traffic (Group 1) reported an average of 2.9% increase; the airports with traffic between 10 and 25 million passengers (Group 2), an average of 6.8%; those of traffic between 5 and 10 million passengers (Group 3), by 6.3% and those of less than five million passenger traffic (Group 4) reported an average of 6.8% growth.
By category, airports that recorded higher growth of passenger traffic are the following:
Group 1 (more than 25 M people): Madrid-Barajas ( 12%), Rome Fumicino ( 9.1%), London Gatwick ( 7.1%), Antalya ( 5.4%) and Amsterdam ( 4.9%).
Group 2 (between 10 and 25 M PAX): Athens ( 24.7%), London-Stansted ( 24.6%),
Brussels ( 18.5%), Lisbon ( 17.9%) and Dublin ( 16.7%).
Group 3 (between 5 and 10 M PAX): Milan Bergamo-Orio al Serio ( 18.2%), Porto ( 17.7%), Bucharest-Henri CoandÄƒ ( 15.8%), Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg ( 15%) and Glasgow ( 13,8%).
Group 4 (less than 5 M PAX): Chania ( 94.4%), Mykonos ( 46.4%), Ostrava ( 40.2%), Santorini-Thira ( 37.8%) and Volgograd ( 35.7%).
The director general of ACI Europe, Olivier Jankovec,
said that “EU passenger traffic is still overcoming weak economic growth, following the dynamics of the trend of last year. Now the forecast is even more optimistic, since lower oil prices, the policy of quantitative easing from the ECB and the improvement of consumer confidence should help to give even more support to air transport demand in the coming months. Conversely, the Russian airports, are in general, showing a strong decrease in passenger traffic, with the country entering a recession this year for the first time since 2009 and international sanctions taking a toll. This situation is also affecting the evolution of passenger traffic from other European airports that are particularly related to the demand for Russia”.