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Passengers travelling through European Airports rise by 5.3 per cent

Travel volume through European airports increased by 5.3 per cent during February compared to the same time last year, according to the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe.

The organisation's latest research showed almost all national markets in Europe experienced growth in airport traffic throughout the month.

Non-European Union airports saw passenger traffic increase by an average of 9.6 per cent, although Iceland, Turkey, Ukraine, Moldova and Israel all saw higher individual increases.
Aircraft movements across Europe grew by 2.5 per cent during February 2014 and freight traffic had a similar jump of 3.1 per cent.

Across Europe, airports classified as group one (more than 25 million passengers per annum) experienced an increase of 4.5 per cent on average in passenger traffic during February.

Several airports saw additional increases including Moscow SVO (up by 11.5 per cent), Istanbul (11.4 per cent), Paris ORY (8.1 per cent), London LGW (7.8 per cent) and Barcelona (6.3 per cent).

Passenger traffic in group two airports (10 to 25 million passengers per annum) rose by 6.6 per cent on average compared to February 2013.

Istanbul SAW had the highest individual growth of 39.6 per cent, followed by St Petersburg with 17.3 per cent and Hamburg, Tel Aviv and Malaga all experienced increases of more than 10 per cent.

Group 3 airports (5 to 10 million passengers per annum) saw average passenger traffic increase by 5.3 per cent. Group 4 airports (fewer than 5 million passengers per annum) also increased with 5.1 per cent more passenger traffic, on average.