The overall freight traffic among European airports increased +10.3% in January 2011 when compared with the corresponding month in 2010. The overall figure for movements at European airports increased +5.2% in January 2011 when compared with January 2010.
Olivier Jankovec, Director General ACI EUROPE commented “With such promising January growth reported, it looks like we have reached a turning point. Consumer confidence is up, airlines are adding capacity and signs of dynamic growth are in evidence at European airports big and small. However, political instability on other side of the Mediterranean and in the Middle East, coupled with the alarming rise in oil prices and the ongoing sovereign debt crisis in Europe all continue to cast significant shadows forthe months ahead.”
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 +7.7%, +7.0%, +7.1% and +8.6% respectively when compared with January 2010. The same comparison of January 2011 with January 2009 demonstrates an average increase of +11.2%, +12.9%, +9.5% and +11.5% respectively.
Examples of airports that experienced the highest increase in passenger traffic per group, when comparing January 2011 with January 2010, include:
Group 1 airports – Barcelona (+19.9%), Munich (+19.5%), London LGW (+11.7%) and Amsterdam (+10.8%)
Group 2 airports –Moscow SVO (+20.5%), Stockholm ARN (+15.0%) and Berlin TXL (+11.1%)
Group 3 airports – Ankara (+19.4%), Lyon (+19.0%), Edinburgh (+13.5%), and Toulouse (+13.4%)
Group 4 airports – Ohrid (+169.8%), Kaunas (+85.3%), Bourgas (+65.1%), and Brindisi (+58.0%)
The 'ACI EUROPE Airport Traffic Report - January 2011' includes 171 airports in total. These airports represent 88.4% of European passenger traffic.