ACI Europe: Pax up 8.5% at European airports in 2017

    ACI Europe reported (06-Feb-2018) 2017 passenger traffic at European airports increased 8.5% year-on-year, with EU airports increasing 7.7% and non-EU airports reporting a increase of 11.4%. The highest growth was achieved by airports in East and South of the EU, with airports in Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Malta and Portugal recording double digit growth. Freight traffic at Europe‘s airports increased 8.5% and aircraft movements increased 3.8%. DG Olivier Jankovec stated (06-Feb-2018): “2017 marks the best year for European airports since 2004, when air traffic was boosted by the accession of 10 countries to the EU“. He continued: “This performance comes on top of several years of dynamic growth and shows that demand for air transport keeps outperforming the economy and defying geopolitical risks – for now”. Mr Jankovec concluded further growth for European airports is anticipated in 1H2018, though at a slower rate. [more – original PR]