EUROPEAN PASSENGER TRAFFIC UP 4.2% DURING 2010

EUROPEAN PASSENGER TRAFFIC UP 4.2% DURING 2010

Brussels, 3 February 2011: European airports saw passenger traffic increase by +4.2% in 2010 compared to 2009. Over the same period, freight traffic increased by +18.7% while movements dropped by -0.2%. 
 
The year ended with limited overall passenger traffic growth among European airports at +0.6% in December 2010 when compared with December 2009, as a result of both continuing economic hardship in several European countries and exceptional weather disruptions in parts of France, Germany, the UK and Ireland. The overall freight traffic increased by +6.3% in December 2010 when compared with the corresponding month in 2009. The overall figure for movements at European airports decreased by -1.1% in December 2010 when compared with December 2009. 
 
Olivier Jankovec, Director General ACI EUROPE, commented “What we have seen in 2010 at European airports is a gradual yet incomplete air traffic recovery – not the kind of bounce back you would expect following the worst economic and financial crisis. The volcanic ash crisis took a heavy toll, but the pace of air traffic growth was also held down by a jobless economic recovery throughout most of Europe, mounting sovereign debt crises and sweeping harsh austerity measures. As a result, passenger traffic last year still stayed below 2008 levels by -1.2%, with volumes hovering underneath 2007 figures. Significantly, there was no reversal of network contraction, as airlines have yet to fully restore frequencies and destinations cut during the crisis. Only freight traffic finally managed to stage a complete recovery at +2.2% over 2008 levels.” 
He added “Throughout 2010, air traffic also reflected the diverse performance of individual European economies and the impact of national aviation taxes. While Russian and Turkish airports were top of the league, almost systematically achieving double digit traffic growth - Greek, Irish and British airports found themselves at the bottom, still loosing traffic. 
 
While the first weeks of 2011 saw strong passenger traffic growth at an increasing number of European airports, ACI EUROPE remains cautious on the outlook for the full year. The dynamic and sustainability of air traffic growth in Europe is likely to be affected by several external factors, including the ability of the EU to tackle the continent’s debt crisis, inflationary pressures and in particular further surges in oil prices as well as additional aviation taxes in Germany and Austria. 
 
In December 2009, 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 increase/decrease of -1.2%, +1.5%, +1.4% and +3.4% respectively when compared with December 2009. The same comparison of December 2010 with December 2008 demonstrates an average increase/decrease of +1.2%, +4.1%, -0.4% and +5.8% respectively. 
 
Examples of airports that experienced the highest increase in passenger traffic per group, when comparing December 2010 with December 2009, include: 
 
•         Group 1 airports – Barcelona (+7.9%), Munich (+6.3%), Rome FCO (+5.1%) and Amsterdam (+4.4%) 
•         Group 2 airports – Moscow SVO (+21.0%), Stockholm ARN (+11.4%), Copenhagen (+9.7%) and Oslo (+9.1%) 
•         Group 3 airports – Istanbul SAW (+23.5%), Ankara (+18.1%), Milan LIN (+10.3%), and Moscow VKO (+8.7%) 
•         Group 4 airports – Brindisi (+56.9%), Trieste (+29.6%), Bari (+26.6%), and Belgrade (+18.9%). 
 
The ‘ACI EUROPE Airport Traffic Report – December 2010’ includes 125 airports in total collectively accounting for 80% of European air traffic.

Covid19: Travel Safe

Aviation is a highly regulated industry due to the global character of the business. In Turkey, the precautions to be taken at airports against COVID-19 are defined in the “Airports Pandemic Precautions and Certification Circular”, issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (SHGM). We have implemented these precautions fully at our airport.

As TAV Airports, our global footprint reaches 100 airports in 30 countries. Through this know-how, we have implemented precautions that go beyond legal requirements. Our staff is trained regarding the new regulations and code of conduct.

The precautions taken at our airport can be grouped under three main areas.

Firstly, we have mapped the movement of passengers and staff inside the airport and configured a flow that would enable everyone to keep safe physical distance with other in every step of the way. Secondly, we have increased the frequency of disinfection and hygiene works. Thirdly, we have made arrangements to minimize contact between passengers and airport staff.

To protect yourself and others, you are required to wear a mask at all times during your journey in the airport. Passengers without a mask will not be allowed inside the terminal and will not be able to board the plane. Irregularity to comply with this rule may result in penalties.

We kindly remind you to wear a mask during your trip to and from the airport with public transportation.

No, you can still check-in to your flight when you arrive at the terminal. On the other hand, for a faster and safer experience, we recommend to complete your online check-in before arriving at the terminal, whenever possible.

We have implemented signage for you to keep your physical distance with others during security control. Please adhere to directions.

X-ray machines and trays are disinfected frequently.

Your body temperature will be checked with thermal cameras upon entering the terminal. Anyone with a body temperature above 37.5C will be directed to the health authorities. We kindly remind you to put on your mask before entering the terminal building.

Until further notice, only passengers and airport staff will be allowed inside the terminal. Please wait in the carpark to welcome guests.

We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight for domestic flights, and 3 hours for international flights.

The lounges at our airport are configured as for you to keep your safe physical distance with others. Please follow instructions and signage.

During this phase, some facilities at our airport may be closed to service. For detailed information: www.primeclass.com.tr

The F&B points at our airport are configured as for you to keep your safe physical distance with others. Please follow instructions and signage. Wearing a mask is obligatory at F&B points.

F&B areas, kitchens and storage areas are frequently disinfected.

We recommend using contactless payment options.

The duty-free at our airport are configured as for you to keep your safe physical distance with others. Please follow instructions and signage. Wearing a mask is obligatory at duty-free shops.

Duty-free areas and storage areas are frequently disinfected.

We recommend using contactless payment options.

The prayer areas at our airport are configured as for you to keep your safe physical distance with others. Please follow instructions and signage.

All waiting areas at our airport are configured as for you to keep your safe physical distance with others. Please follow instructions and signage.

Boarding will begin from the back of the aircraft and proceed to front row seats. Please wait for your turn.

Boarding pass and ID checks are configured to minimize contact with others.

Passengers without masks won’t be allowed to board the airplane.

International arrival passengers will have their body temperatures checked and in case of suspicion, passengers will be directed to the health units.

All arrival areas at our airport are configured as for you to keep your safe physical distance with others. Please follow instructions and signage.

Baggage conveyor systems are disinfected frequently.