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European airports record modest passenger growth

European airports record modest passenger growth

The number of passengers travelling on flights in Europe increased 2.4 percent during the first half of 2010 compared to the corresponding period last year.

This is according to new figures from airport trade body ACI Europe and despite the modest growth, the figure is still 8.4 percent down on the same period in 2008. This has been attributed to the substantial traffic lost in 2008 and 2009 in addition to this spring’s volcanic ash crisis.

In June, overall passenger traffic at European airports increased by 5.6 percent compared to the same month in 2009, with Munich, Rome FCO and Frankfurt the best-performing of the continent’s larger airports.

Smaller airports recording impressive passenger growth included Antalya (+22.2 percent), Ankara (+26.4 percent) and Charleroi (+36.8 percent).

ACI Europe published its figures after collecting data from 128 airports.

Earlier this summer, ACI Europe named Manchester the continent’s best airport in the ten to 25 million passenger category.