Passenger capacity on flights to Latin America from Europe has grown by almost 40 percent over the last decade.
This is according to Airports Council International (ACI), which attributed this rise to strong cultural and business ties between the two regions in addition to South America’s dynamic economies.
The figure was published ahead of the first European Union and Latin America Civil Aviation Summit, which began yesterday (May 25th) in Rio de Janeiro.
ACI Europe and ACI Lac, its sister organisation, hopes that the meeting will lead opening up of aviation markets between Europe and Latin America.
Olivier Jankovec, ACI Europe’s director general, said that passengers would be the "biggest winners" of aviation liberalisation, pointing to the continent’s ties with North America and Morocco.
"For Europe’s airports, this is about unleashing their potential to act as engines of economic growth for the communities they serve – something not to be overlooked given the urgency of securing economic growth," he commented.
Separate ACI figures published this month revealed a 5.2 percent increase in European passenger traffic during the first three months of this year.