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In the first half of the year (H1), passenger traffic at European airports rose nine percent year-on-year, as revealed by Airports Council International (ACI) Europe.

European Union (EU) countries achieved an average growth of 8.7 percent, while non-EU destinations saw a 9.9 percent increase in passenger traffic compared to H1 2016.

Cargo also soared during the period January – June, with an 8.7 percent surge in freight traffic, while aircraft movements jumped 3.7 percent.

Olivier Jankovec, director general, ACI Europe, enthused, “For Europe’s airports, this is by far the best first half-year traffic performance in more than 10 years.”

Jankovec added that while the outlook for the remainder of the year is very positive, many airports face uncertainty due to Brexit.