European airports saw the slowest passenger growth in five years in 2019, but according to the European branch of the Airports Council International, 2.43 billion passengers still flew through the region’s gateways.
Growth slowed last year due to the decline in the non-EU market, declining domestic traffic, airline bankruptcies and capacity constraints in the EU market.
Thomas Cook, Wow Air and Germania were among the airlines that went bankrupt in 2019.
Photo taken in Prague, Czech Republic
According to ACI Europe, passenger growth in 2019 rose by 3.2 percentage points in 46 countries that are considered part of the European airport network. It includes countries like Turkey.
The growth rate last year was just a little over half of the 6 percent pace of 2018, according to ACI.
In Ireland’s largest gateway, Dublin Airport, 32.9 million passengers used the facility last year. That was a new record for the airport and 4 percent higher than in 2018.
“In the past five years, European airports have increased their passenger traffic by more than 32 percent, which means that they have actually added 595 million additional passengers since 2014,” said Olivier Jankovec, General Manager of ACI Europe.
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20. Denver International Airport (DEN), Colorado, USA
Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
18. Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK), Tangerang, Indonesia
17. Incheon International Airport (ICN), South Korea
16. Istanbul Airport (ISL), Turkey
15. Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas, USA
14. Frankfurt Airport (FRA), Germany
13. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN), China
12. Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), New Delhi, India
11. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), The Netherlands
10. Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), Roissy-en-France, France
9. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), China
8. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
7. Heathrow Airport (LHR), London, England
6. O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Chicago, Illinois, USA
5. Haneda Airport (HND), Tokyo, Japan
4. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), California, USA
3. Dubai International Airport (DXB), United Arab Emirates
2. Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), China
1. Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia, USA
“But 2019 was a crucial year. Volumes were still increasing, but the slowdown was remarkable due to both supply and demand pressures,” he added.
The airports in Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Malta, Luxembourg and Portugal grew more than twice as fast as the EU average.