Dublin Airport sees second highest growth in new EU air traffic report


Dublin Airport saw growth of more than 16% for November 2015.

This is the second-highest growth for its category, according to ACI Europe.

The Brussels-based organisation is the only air transport traffic report that covers all categories of airlines.

It found that in general, EU airport traffic was up 5.1% in November - while non-EU traffic saw growth of just 2.9%.

Freight traffic at Europe's airports was down 0.6%.

It found that during the month, airports welcoming between 10 and 25 million passengers - the group where Dublin Airport sits - reported an average adjustment of 6.5%.

Also in our group were Istanbul, Athens, Prague and Edinburgh.

In terms of larger airports - those welcoming more than 25 million passengers per year - Madrid, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and London Gatwick all saw growth.

Source: ACI Europe

Olivier Jankovec, director-general of ACI Europe, said: "Overall, passenger traffic remained healthy in November - although growing at a slower pace when compared to previous months".

"This slower growth is essentially due to heavy traffic losses at Russian airports, as well as to the fierce impact of the Lufthansa strikes on German airports and the toll taken by the Paris terrorist attacks on French airports".

"Many EU markets achieved double digit growth in passenger traffic - Slovakia, Greece, Luxembourg, Ireland, Lithuania, Romania, Portugal, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Latvia, Malta, Cyprus and Hungary".

"Meanwhile, Iceland continued to register stellar growth, with Keflavik airport increasing passenger numbers by 26.4%", he added.

The report includes 211 airports in total, representing more than 88% of European air passenger traffic.

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