Dublin slips to 4th fastest growing large airport in ACI European airport league

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  • Dublin number 4 among large airports
  • Behind Moscow, Orly & Barcelona
  • Down form Number 1 in November

Kevin Toland.of Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport is fourth fastest growing airport in the ACI tankings of passenger traffic at Europe’s airports, downm from Number 1 in November thanks to a surge in growth at Moscow Sheremetyevo and Paris Orly while they have also been overtaken by Barcelona (second in Q3).

The airports which reported the highest increases in passenger traffic during November 2016 (compared with November 2015) are:

GROUP 1 (largest airports):  Moscow Sheremetyevo (+14.7oc), Paris Orly (+10.0pc), Barcelona (+9.2pc), Dublin (+9.1pc), Amsterdam (+8.7pc)

GROUP 2: Warsaw Chopin (+31.5pc), Lisbon (+21.1pc), Malaga (+20.8pc), Tel Aviv (+20.6pc) and Alicante (+19.8pc)

GROUP 3:  Larnaca (+26.1pc), Porto (+23.7pc), Faro (+23.2pc), Bucharest OTP (+21.1pc) and Valencia (+18.4pc)

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GROUP 4:    Grenoble (+1,638.5pc), Bucharest BBU (+742.9pc), Oradea (+231.3pc), Mikonos (+127.2pc) and Iasi (+99.4pc)

Passenger traffic across the European airport network gained strong momentum in November, with an average increase of +7.1pc, the ACI EUROPE Airport Traffic Report revealed.

Airports in the 28-nation European Union reported an average passenger traffic growth of +8.0pc – with major surges in Eastern Europe in particular.

Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Romania posted double-digit growth. Traffic at Sofia surged (+48.9%), as well as Warsaw (+31.5pc), Bucharest (+21.1pc), Larnaca (+26.1%), Malta (+23.1pc) and Lisbon (+21.1pc).

The non-EU bloc saw passenger traffic increasing by +3.9%. The best performances in non-EU countries included the following airports: Keflavik (+57.8pc), Odessa (+29.6pc), Rostov (+33.6pc), Tel Aviv (+20.6pc), Novosibirsk (+20.5pc), Ekaterinburg (+20.3pc) and Moscow-Sheremetyevo (+14.7pc).

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In line with previous months, an increasing part of the growth in passenger traffic was generated by secondary hubs and regional airports – reflecting the continued expansion of low cost airlines.

Amongst the top five European hubs, Amsterdam-Schiphol continued to show the best passenger traffic performance (+8.7pc), while Frankfurt and Paris-Charles de Gaulle improved their figures compared to previous months (+4.9pc and +4.5pc respectively) – along with London-Heathrow whose growth is limited by capacity constraints (+2.5pc). Istanbul-Atatürk continued to suffer traffic decline due to the political situation and terrorist threat in Turkey (-5.7pc).

Freight traffic across the European airport network also reported continuing strong growth of +6.5pc, with this dynamic largely driven by non-EU airports – in contrast with passenger traffic. Aircraft movements were up +3.7pc across Europe, reflecting significant airline capacity.

ACI EUROPE AIR TRAFFIC REPORT_NOVEMBER 2016

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