Russia blamed for European airport decline

Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport

Airports in Europe have seen volumes fall by 0.6 per cent in November because of large declines at non-European Union hubs, particularly in Russia, according to Airports Council International (ACI) Europe.

Among non-EU airports, volumes fell by 12.8 per cent because of weakness in Russia, while EU hubs increased by 1.3 per cent. In Russia, Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport saw volumes fall by 16.7 per cent to 13,618 tonnes while Domodedovo International Airport declined by 22.2 per cent to 11,197 tonnes. Between January and November volumes increased by 0.5 per cent across Europe.

ACI Europe director general, Olivier Jankovec says: “Overall growth in freight traffic remained almost flat due to significant traffic losses at Russian airports which dragged down non-EU traffic to -12.8 per cent – whereas EU airports posted a +1.3 per cent increase.”

Among Europe’s top five airports, Frankfurt Airport saw volumes fall by 4.3 per cent to 183,274 tonnes in November while Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport increased by 3.1 per cent to 169,100 tonnes. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol rose by 1.3 per cent to 144,790 tonnes while Heathrow Airport declined by 3.1 per cent to 132,211 tonnes. Luxembourg Airport entered the top five as volumes increased by 9.5 per cent to 71,497 tonnes. Ataturk International Airport fell out of the top five as volumes dropped by 24.8 per cent to 50,873 tonnes. This put it behind Cologne Bonn Airport, which saw volumes increase by 3.5 per cent to 65,413 tonnes and Liege Airport, which rose by 1.9 per cent to 56,946 tonnes.

Between January and November, Frankfurt’s volumes fell by three per cent to 1.8 million tonnes, while Paris Charles de Gaulle was down by 1.6 per cent to just under 1.7 million tonnes. Amsterdam dipped by 0.9 per cent to just under 1.5 million tonnes and Heathrow declined by 0.3 per cent to 1.3 million tonnes. Despite poor performance in November, Ataturk retained fifth place in the year to date figures, handling 684,576 tonnes, an increase of 3.2 per cent.