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Aci Europe: improvements in passenger traffic levels in October

Freight +9.7%, aircraft movements -29.8%

European airport trade body, ACI EUROPE, today released its air traffic report for October 2021.

The report shows that passenger traffic in the European airport network decreased by –36.7% in October compared to the same period pre-pandemic (2019) – an improvement compared to previous month (-42.9% in September).

The lower passenger traffic losses came mostly from airports in the EU+ area (-41.2% in October, up from -48.1% in September). While airports in the non-EU+ area still kept outperforming in October (-17.4%), they did not see passenger traffic improving to the same extent when compared to September (-20.8%).

 These improvements were all led by international (mostly intra-European) passenger traffic (-42.4% in October, up from –50.2% in September). Conversely, domestic passenger traffic slightly decreased during the month (-18.1%) compared to the previous one (-17.9%).

The Majors (top 5 European airports in 2019) saw passenger traffic decreasing by an average of -45.6%, with London-Heathrow (-56.5%) the hardest hit, along with Paris-"CdG" (-51.4%), Frankfurt (-47.2%), Amsterdam-Schiphol (-41.8%). Istanbul (-29.6%) registered much lower traffic losses and remained the busiest European airport in October – a position it has held for most of the 12 preceding months. 

The second busiest European airport in October was Antalya (-7.2%), followed by Amsterdam-Schiphol, Frankfurt and Moscow-Sheremetyevo (-23.7%).

Freight traffic stood at +9.7% above pre-pandemic volumes, with EU+ area airports (+9.1%) growing at a slower pace compared to the rest of Europe (+13.7%).

Aircraft movements decreased by -29.8% compared to pre-pandemic levels, with a sharp contrast between airports in the EU+ area (-32.1%) and those in the rest of Europe (-18.9%).

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