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Almost 1 billion air passengers carriled in 2016 in the EU

Verantwortlicher Autor: Zéluis Correia Brussels, 12.10.2017, 00:29 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: ZéLuis F. Correia Bericht 3749x gelesen
Airbus A-380, Korean Air, landing in London. Crossing the airport boundary.
Airbus A-380, Korean Air, landing in London. Crossing the airport boundary.  Bild: Bill Abbot

Brussels [ENA] Record number of air passengers carried at almost 1 billion in 2016, 54.4 million more than in 2015. In 2016, 972.7 million passengers travelled by air in the European Union (EU), up by 5.9% compared with 2015 and by 29.1% compared with 2009. These are the recent figures issued by Eurostat.

In 2016, the highest number of air passengers was recorded in the United Kingdom, where total air passenger transport amounted to 249 million. It was followed by Germany (201 million passengers), Spain (194 mn), France (145 mn) and Italy (135 mn). The number of air passengers carried in 2016 rose in all EU Member States compared with 2015, except in Belgium (-2.7%) and Slovenia (-2.2%). The largest increases were registered in Bulgaria (+22.5%), Romania (+20.5%) and Cyprus (+18.1%), ahead of Hungary (+14.1%), Croatia (+13.8%), Portugal (+13.7%), Lithuania (+13.3%) and Luxembourg (+12.5%).

Among the top 5 Member States in terms of air passengers transported in 2016, the largest growths were registered in Spain (+11.0%) and the United Kingdom (+7.1%). Overall in the EU, the number of air passengers rose by 54.4 million (+5.9%) between 2015 and 2016, notably driven by the rise in intra-EU transport (+10.2%). Within the top 30 airports in terms of passenger transport, growths between 2015 and 2016 also differ substantially depending on the airport considered, reflecting the trends observed at country level.

London/Heathrow remained the EU’s busiest passenger airport in 2016, with 75.7 million passengers handled, slightly up (+1.0%) compared with 2015. Paris/Charles de Gaulle (65.8 mn, +0.3%), Amsterdam/Schiphol (63.6 mn, +9.3%), Frankfurt/Main (60.7 mn, -0.4%) and Madrid/Barajas (49.2 mn, +6.2%) completed the top 5 of the busiest airports in the EU. They were followed by Barcelona/El Prat (43.8 mn, +11.0%), London/Gatwick (43.1 mn, +7.2%), München (42.2 mn, +3.2%) and Roma/Fiumicino (41.6 mn, +3.3%). Each of the top 30 EU airports registered an increase in the number of passengers handled in 2016, except Brussels/National (-6.4%) and Frankfurt/Main (-0.4%).

The highest rises among the top 30 EU airports were registered in London/Luton (+19.4%), Malaga/Costa del Sol (+15.7%) and Warszawa/Chopina (+14.5%), ahead of Lisboa (+11.7%), Dublin (+11.2%), Barcelona/Prat (+11.0%), Manchester (+10.9%), Athinai/Eleftherios Venizelos and Palma de Mallorca (both +10.6%). As in 2015, London/Heathrow (44.8 million) handled in 2016 the most passengers on extra-EU transport and Amsterdam/Schiphol (37.9 mn) the most on intra-EU transport, while Paris/Orly and Madrid/Bajaras (both 14.1 mn) led for national transport.

For 2016, 26 out of the 28 Member States and all extra-EU reporting countries (except Turkey) showed an increase in passenger volumes compared with 2015. Particularly remarkable is the growth observed for Bulgaria (+23 %), Romania (+20 %) and Cyprus (+18 %) among the EU Member States. At the other end of the scale, a decrease was observed in passenger transport for Belgium (-3 %) and for Slovenia (-2 %). Outside the EU-28, the level of the growth differs across countries: on the one hand, the highest year-on-year increases were registered in Iceland (+40 %) and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (+14 %) while, on the other hand, a decrease was observed for Turkey (-4 %). (SOURCE: Eurostat)

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