European airport trade association, ACI EUROPE has released its traffic report for September and Q3 2016. This is the only air transport report which includes all types of airline passenger flights to and from Europe: full service, low cost, charter and others.
Passenger traffic across the European airport network during the peak summer months – Q3, reported an average increase of +3.5%.
This growth was entirely attributable to the EU market, with airports in the bloc reporting growth of +6.1%. The EU passenger traffic dynamic was mainly driven by Southern & Eastern Europe, with Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Spain strongly outperforming the EU average – along with Denmark, Ireland and the Netherlands.
Meanwhile, the non-EU market saw passenger traffic dropping by -4.7%, dragged down by Turkey, Russia and to a lesser extent Norway. Apart from Ukraine which saw a notable improvement, smaller markets including Iceland, Israel, Bosnia Herzegovina and Montenegro were very dynamic throughout the summer.
Freight traffic across the European airport network in Q3 grew by +4.1%, with a surprising surge in September delivering most of the gains (+7.9%) – including at non-EU airports. The September figure is the highest monthly increase in freight traffic in over 5 years.