Larnaca International Airport has remained third among the European airports with passenger traffic of 5 to 10 million per year, that presented the largest increase in passenger traffic since last March.
European airport trade body, ACI EUROPE released on Friday its air traffic report for June. The report reveals that during the first half of this year, passenger traffic at Europe’s airports grew by an average +9.0%.
“In the first half of the year, Larnaca International Airport managed to maintain its third place on the passenger traffic increase chart since last March, among all international airports in Europe, in the category of 5 to 10 million passengers per year” said Hermes airports, a consortium that manages the two international airports in Cyprus.
Larnaca International Airport ranked third, with an increase of 22.7% or 571.926 additional passengers, preceded by Keflavik International Airport (Iceland), with 39.7% and Kiev International Airport (Ukraine) which occupies the second place with an increase in passenger traffic of 29.4%.
In a press release, Hermes airports noted that in the group of airports with 5 to 10 million passengers per year, Larnaca International Airport continued to be the first among all the international airports of the European Union member states that have achieved the biggest increase in passenger traffic.
ACI EUROPE said in its report that the EU and non-EU markets ended up posting similar growth levels in passenger traffic – respectively at +8.7% and +9.9%.
In the EU, the Benelux along with Cyprus, Malta and Portugal in the South as well as Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, The Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia to the East all achieved double digit growth. In the non-EU market, Albania, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro and Ukraine each grew by well above +20%.
Europe’s Top 5 busiest airports recorded a passenger traffic increase of +4.3% in the first half of the year – a notable improvement over their 2016 performance (+1.6%). Amsterdam-Schiphol topped the league in terms of growth (+8.7%), followed by Paris-CDG (+5.2%), Frankfurt (+4.5%). Capacity-constrained London-Heathrow still managed to grow (+3.9%), while Istanbul-Atatürk kept regaining lost ground (-1.1%), said the Brussels – based organisation.