Dublin was fastest growing airport of 2016 as European passenger numbers hit 2 billion


Dublin Airport is continuing its growth spurt and was the fastest growing major airport in Europe last year, according to ACI Europe, the trade association for European airports.

Passenger numbers at Dublin rose 11.5pc in 2016 among Group 1 airports (more than 25m passengers a year). Overall, European airports welcomed a record 2bn passengers last year.

Airports which reported the highest increases in passenger traffic in 2016 (compared with 2015): 

  • GROUP 1 (over 25m passengers): Dublin (+11.5pc), Barcelona (+11.2pc), Amsterdam (+9.2pc), Copenhagen (+9.1pc) and Madrid (+7.7pc)
  • GROUP 2 (10-25m passengers):  Alicante (+16.8pc), Malaga (+15.8pc), Cologne (+15.2pc), Warsaw WAW (+14.5pc) and Birmingham (+14.3pc)
  • GROUP 3 (5-10m passengers): Berlin SXF (+36.7pc), Larnaca (+24.2pc), Faro (+18.6pc), Bucharest OTP (+18.3pc) and Porto (+16pc)
  • GROUP 4 (under 5m passengers): Oradea (+487.7pc), Iasi (+131.3pc), Bucharest BBU (+121.8pc), Ostend (+64.5pc) and Palanga & Kharkiv (+60.1pc)
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Dublin was also one of the best performers in December, with passenger numbers rising 13.3pc:

  • GROUP 1: Moscow SVO (+19.3pc), Barcelona (+15.3pc), London Gatwick (+15pc), Dublin (+13.3pc) and Paris ORY (+11.5pc)
  • GROUP 2:  Warsaw WAW (+35.4pc), St Petersburg (+24pc), Birmingham (+23.7pc), Lisbon (+22.8pc) and Malaga (+20.8pc)
  • GROUP 3: Kiev (+38.4pc), Larnaca (+32.6pc), Faro (+31.9pc), Berlin (+27.6pc) and Porto (+26.3pc)
  • GROUP 4: Bucharest BBU (+615.9pc), Arad (+500pc), Maribor (+224.5pc), Zakynthos Island (+188.9pc) and Mikonos (+139pc)

Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI EUROPE, said “Europe’s airports broke the 2bn passengers mark last year – an absolute record. While geopolitics and terrorism in particular played an increasing role in shaping the fortunes and misfortunes of many airports, the underlying story is one of continued growth and expansion – with passenger volumes growing in excess of 5pc for the third consecutive year.

“This means that Europe’s airports have welcomed an additional 300m passengers since 2013, with 80pc of it – 240m – flooding the EU market. Unsurprisingly, that increase is starting to weigh on capacity levels, operations and resources.”

ACI said Low Cost Carriers were the main drivers of passenger traffic growth in 2016 on the back of their successful move upmarket, while growth was also boosted by the development of low cost spin-offs by Full Service Carriers and the emergence of long haul low cost offerings.

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“Passenger traffic across the European airport network increased by 5.1% last year, while Dublin Airport increased its traffic by more than twice that amount,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

ACI Europe traffic report for 2016

ACI Europe traffic report for 2016


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