surveys reveals marginal growth at Europe’s airports in 2008

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The Chairman of Tirana Airport and CEO of HOCHTIEF AirPort, Dr Reinhard Kalenda. The airports of Albania and Luxembourg are defying attempts to make them reveal their monthly traffic numbers. We also hope that this unique analysis might encourage a few airports in Romania and France to send us some updated data.’s unique analysis of 223 European airports in 2008 (with at least 100,000 annual passengers) shows that 116 airports reported traffic growth while 107 reported a fall in passenger numbers. Across all 223 airports, passenger numbers rose by about 0.2% to 1.29 billion.

An analysis of the fastest growing airports below 10 million annual passengers reveals that the fastest growing airports still tend to be associated with the development of low-cost services.

In the greater than 10 million passengers category, which consists of 33 airports for which complete annual data was available, Berlin Tegel reported the best growth of 8.5% followed by Rome FCO (+6.9%), Zurich (+6.8%), Geneva (+5.7%) and Vienna (+5.2%).

1-5 million pax Growth rate 5-10 million passengers Growth rate
Dűsseldorf Weeze +79.7% Girona +13.6%
Poznan +42.1% Milan Bergamo +12.9%
Stockholm Skavsta +24.4% Antalya +8.5%
Katowice +21.6% Lyon +8.2%
Brussels Charleroi +20.3% Bristol +5.9%
Source: Various

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