August freight traffic growth in Europe
The airport trade body, ACI Europe released its traffic report for the month of August. Freight traffic grew by +3.3% while aircraft movements – an indication of airline capacity – rose by +3.4%.
Olivier Jankovec, ACI Europe’s director general, said, "August saw a remarkable surge in air traffic at Europe’s airports, further outperforming wider economic conditions. A key factor was the airlines’ addition of more capacity, as evidenced by the increase in aircraft movements – which on a monthly basis was the strongest since 2011."
He added that "EU airports generally fared extremely well, while non-EU airport traffic was affected by geopolitical conditions with a slump in passenger traffic at Ukrainian airports and, to a lesser extent, in Israel. It is worth noting that the increase in freight traffic is entirely due to EU airports, as it was completely flat at non-EU airports – mainly due to a sharp decrease at Russian airports as a result of the EU sanctions imposed on that country."
The leading European airfreight airports were Frankfurt/Main (Germany) with 170,979 t (+3.5%), followed by Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) with 150,303 t (+2.2%), Amsterdam (Netherlands) with 136,638 t (+6.2%) and London Heathrow (UK) with 122,830 t (+7.5%).