Some 5.2 percent more passengers travelled to and from European airports between January and March than they did during the same period last year.
This is according to new figures from Airports Council International (ACI) Europe, which revealed that growth in passenger levels was recorded at 80 percent of the continent’s airports.
ACI Europe director general Olivier Jankovec said it is "encouraging" to see the recovery gain momentum, although conceded that passenger traffic is still around seven percent down on 2008 levels. He also warned that April’s figures will look bleaker due to the disruption caused by the volcanic ash cloud.
"This is an extremely severe shock to our recovery, which is still evolving," he commented.
"As disruptions continue to affect parts of Europe, ACI Europe fully supports on-going efforts to fine-tune the methodology used to impose restrictions to air traffic based on more precise data analysis."
Mr Olivier Jankovec said last month that the disruption caused by the volcanic ash cloud had been the worst in European airspace since the Second World War.