The number of passengers passing through European airports fell by more than ten percent in January 2009 compared with January 2008, figures from the Airports Council International (ACI) have revealed.
Airports handling in excess of 25 million passengers a year suffered a ten percent decline in the number of passengers passing through their doors, while airports that accommodate between ten and 25 million and five and ten million passengers experienced declines of 12 and 12.1 percent respectively.
Elsewhere, airports with a passenger turnover of less than five million suffered an 8.3 percent decline compared to January 2008.
It wasn’t all bad news, however, as Berlin SXF, Milan/Orio al Serio and Bergen enjoyed respective increases of 5.5 percent, 4.2 percent and two percent.
Some smaller airports also managed to boost their passenger figures, with Liege, Sofia and Riga benefiting from increases of 57.4 percent, 14.3 percent and 0.3 percent.
Earlier this month the ACI named Incheon International Airport in South Korea as the recipient of its Best Airport Award.