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Airplanes. Aci Europe: strong growth continued in October with passenger traffic

Brussels, Belgium - Up 7.8% during this month in question

European airport trade body, ACI EUROPE today releases its air traffic report for October. The report is the only industry report that includes all types of civil aviation passenger flights: full service, low cost, regional and charter. It shows that during the month of October, passenger traffic at Europe’s airports grew by +7.8% - slightly less than in September (+8.7%) but still broadly in line with the dynamic trend of the previous months. It was also another month of impressive growth at non-EU airports, with volumes increasing by +11.9%. Russian, Ukrainian and Turkish airports continued to make significant gains, along with airports in Israel, Georgia and Iceland. Meanwhile, EU airports maintained a robust pace in passenger traffic growth at +6.8% (+7.5% in September). As in previous months, airports in the less mature aviation markets east of the bloc tended to outperform, along with Portugal, Luxembourg, Malta and Cyprus – with most of these airports achieving double-digit growth. Freight traffic across the European airport network averaged growth of +6.2%. Aircraft movements also remained robust at +4.4%. During October, 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 +4.9%, +9.2%, +11.2% and +11.0%. The airports that reported the highest increases in passenger traffic during October are as follows: GROUP 1: Moscow-SVO (+17.7%), Istanbul-IST (+9.8%), Amsterdam-Schiphol (+7.9%), Moscow-DME (+6.7%) and Oslo (+6.5%) GROUP 2: St Petersburg (+28.1%), Warsaw-WAW and Ankara (+23.7%), Antalya (+22.7%), Tel Aviv (+18.8%) and Bucharest-OTP (+16.7%) GROUP 3: Rome-CIA (+112.1%), Naples (+28.7%), Venice (+20.8%), Kiev (+19.0%), Keflavik and Valencia (+18.7%) GROUP 4: Grenoble (+2,294.0%), Foggia (+192.9%), Craiova (+143.6%), Nis (+107.0%) and Batumi (+63.7%). The 'ACI EUROPE Airport Traffic Report - October 2017’ includes 249 airports in total representing more than 88% of European air passenger traffic.

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