ACI Europe has reported that in the first quarter (Q1) freight traffic at airports across the European region was down by 1.8 per cent.
The association said the decline in Q1 was all down to the European Union (EU) market which fell by 2.6 per cent as non-EU airports remained positive with growth of 1.8 per cent.
March saw freight traffic across Europe improve but still fall slightly by 0.2 per cent compared to preceding months, with both non-EU (+3.3 per cent) and EU (-1.2 per cent) posting better results.
Amongst the top 10 European airports for freight traffic, ACI Europe said that only four posted positive results in Q1: Liège (+12.5 per cent), Istanbul-Ataturk (+6.6 per cent), Madrid-Barajas (+5.7 per cent) and Kazan (+3.8 per cent).
(Pictured above is Madrid-Barajas Airport)