Corporate Traveller

European airports record 4.6 per cent growth in passenger traffic

According to the European region of the Airports Council International, European airports saw 4.6 per cent more passenger traffic throughout the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same time last year.

In March alone, European passenger traffic had increased by 2.5 per cent compared to the same month in 2013.

Airports servicing more than 25 million passengers a year saw growth in traffic of 3.8 per cent during the first quarter of this year. Airports welcoming 10-25 million passengers recorded an increase of 5.8 per cent.

Meanwhile, airports that serviced between 5 and 10 million passengers experienced an increase of 4 per cent.

"These are solid air traffic figures for Europe, which reflect improving economic conditions - especially in the EU, where consumer confidence has reached pre-crisis levels and GDP growth is set to gain further momentum," ACI Europe director general Olivier Jankovec said.

"Significantly, the rebound in both domestic passenger traffic and freight traffic, as well as the return of dynamic passenger growth in Greece, are all welcome signals that the European aviation market is finally becoming more balanced."