ACI Europe reports freight monthly decline

posted on 12th April 2019 by Justin Burns

ACI Europe has reported that February saw the 4th consecutive monthly decrease in freight traffic as it fell by 3.3 per cent compared to same month in 2018.

The trade association said this was in contrast to the performance of passenger traffic which continues to grow and was up five per cent in February.

ACI Europe said freight traffic at European Union airports kept falling with a decrease of 3.7 per cent in February, it also turned negative at non-EU ones as figures fells 1.2 per cent.

Amongst the top 10 European airports for freight traffic only three posted gains – Liège (+9.3 per cent), Madrid (+6.8 per cent) and Istanbul-Ataturk (+2.3 per cent).

ACI Europe director general, Olivier Jankovec (pictured above) said: “Even though passenger traffic growth has somehow moderated compared to last year, it remains dynamic and keeps defying weakening economic trends as well as significant geopolitical risks – for now.

“The performance gap with freight traffic is impressive, especially in the EU market. This is not going to last forever. By all odds, passenger traffic growth is set to decelerate in the coming months.”