Brussels, 15 May 2008 - The overall passenger traffic at European airports increased by +5.8% during Q1 2008 compared with Q1 2007. The overall passenger traffic at European airports increased by +4.3% in March 2008 compared with March 2007. The overall freight traffic among European airports increased +0.5% in March 2008 when compared with the corresponding month in 2007. However, the overall figure for movements at European airports decreased -0.8% in March 2008 when compared with March 2007.
Passenger figures for March 2008 indicate that Group 4 airports (airports welcoming less than 5 million passengers per year) had the largest increase in traffic - with an average increase of +5.8% when compared with March 2007 - and an average increase of +17.9% when compared with March 2006.
Airports welcoming more than 25 million passengers per year (Group 1), airports welcoming between 10 and 25 million passengers (Group 2) and airports welcoming between 5 and 10 million passengers (Group 3) reported an average increase of +2.5%, +5.7% and +4.6% respectively when compared with March 2007. The same comparison of March 2008 with March 2006 demonstrates an average increase of +12.0%, +16.1% and +16.0% respectively.
Examples of airports that experienced the highest increase in passenger traffic per group, when comparing March 2008 with March 2007, include:
Source: Airports Council International (ACI) – European Region
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