Aircraft and results. Aci Europe: airport traffic retains strong growth momentum during Q3
Brussels, Belgium - The Majors saw passenger traffic growing by +5.8% in this period, led by Istanbul-Atatürk Airport
(WAPA) - European airport trade body, ACI EUROPE today releases its air traffic report for September & Q3. The report is the only industry report that includes all types of civil aviation passenger flights: full service, low-cost and charter. It shows that during the third quarter of this year, passenger traffic at Europe’s airports grew by +9% - slightly less than in Q2 (+10.6%).
The growth momentum in Q3 gained further traction in the non-EU market, where passenger volumes increased by +15% (+13.1% in Q2). The main drivers were a now complete recovery from last year’s downturn for most Turkish airports, as well as buoyant growth at many airports across Russia, Ukraine Georgia and Iceland.
Meanwhile, EU airports maintained their strong pace in passenger traffic growth at +7.4%. This followed an exceptional performance in the preceding quarter (+10.0% in Q2), which partly reflected catch-up growth from 2016 when terrorism dampened demand. In line with trends established earlier in the year, countries to the East of the EU bloc achieved double-digit growth along with Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta and Portugal.
The Majors (Europe’s top 5 busiest airports) saw passenger traffic growing by +5.8% in Q3 - led by Istanbul-Atatürk (+11.7%) which was followed by Amsterdam-Schiphol (+6.1%), Paris-"CdG" (+5.7%), Frankfurt (+4.9%) and capacity constrained London-Heathrow (+1.7%).
Freight traffic across the European airport network during Q3 remained consistent with the previous quarter, coming in at +9.5% (+9.2% during Q2). Aircraft movements also remained robust at +4.4% (+4.3% during Q2) – pointing to sustained airline capacity expansion.
During Q3, 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 adjustment +5.5%, +13.3%, +10.0% and +10.9%.
The airports that reported the highest increases in passenger traffic during Q3 were as follows:
GROUP 1: Moscow SVO (+19.5%), Istanbul IST (+11.7%), Istanbul SAW (+7.8%) Manchester (+7.6%) and Oslo (+7.1%);
GROUP 2: Antalya (+56.5%), Ankara (+33.8%), Warsaw WAW (24.2%), St Petersburg (+21.8%) and Prague (+16.8%);
GROUP 3: Naples (+27.5%), Keflavik (+18.8%), Kiev (+18.8%), Toulouse (+18.7%) and Catania (+16.2%);
GROUP 4: Grenoble (+3,470.3%), Bucharest BBU (+287.9%), Nis (+180%), Kaunas (+166.5%) and Foggia (+148.8%).
During September, 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 adjustment +5.2%, +12.0%, +10.4% and +11.3%.
The airports that reported the highest increases in passenger traffic during September were as follows:
GROUP 1: Moscow SVO (+15.7%), Istanbul SAW (+7.9%), Manchester MAN (+7.5%) Istanbul IST (+7.3%) and Moscow DME (+7.2%);
GROUP 2: Antalya (+49.8%), Ankara (+29.2%), Warsaw WAW (24%), St Petersburg (+20.5%) and Izmir (+16.4%);
GROUP 3: Naples (+27.9%), Keflavik (+23.9%), Kiev (+19.5%), Catania (+17.5%) and Faro (+17.4%);
GROUP 4: Grenoble (+2,058.1%), Foggia (+463.6%), Bucharest (+247.7%), Klagenfurt (+191.6%) and Craiova (+134%).
The 'ACI EUROPE Airport Traffic Report – September & Q3 2017’ includes 252 airports in total representing more than 88% of European air passenger traffic. (Avionews)