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Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport (photo: Iberia)

Europe’s 20 biggest airports listed

Three major airports in the Iberian peninsula were the most successful in 2018, while Oslo joins Copenhagen in the top 20.

The year’s traffic figures from Europe’s largest airports typically trickle in during January, and now it is possible to make a list of the top 20 and their progress in 2018, Check-In.dk reports.

The top seven remain unchanged from 2017. Heathrow could consolidated its position as the biggest airport in Europe, although growth there was only 2.7% – the lowest among the five mega-hubs.

But for the first time there were more than 80 million travellers through the London airport’s terminals.

Frankfurt Airport achieved solid growth of 7.8%, but it was three Iberian Peninsula airports that overall saw the most sizeable increases.

Madrid’s Barajas airport raised passenger numbers by 8.4%, while Barcelona El-Prat hosted 6.1% more passengers through its terminals. And the capital city of Lisbon moved into the top 20 for the first time, with growth of 8.9% to 29,031,000 passengers.

Munich overtakes Gatwick
Meanwhile, Munich managed to displace London’s Gatwick from eighth place as the two airports switched places. The southern German hub grew 3.8%, while the UK capital’s second largest airport had only 1.1% more passengers.

From a Scandinavian perspective, Copenhagen came in at 15th place after Zurich and in front of Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, which is the only one on the list that retreated.

Oslo Airport rose to become part of the top 20 for the first time with an increase of 3.8% to 28.5 million passengers. On the other hand, Stockholm-Arlanda did not succeed in getting into the top 20, as an increase of 0.8% secured it in 23rd place with 26.8 million passengers.

20 biggest airports in Europe in 2018 (vs. 2017)
no.     airport                                   2018                  2017               change
1. Heathrow Airport, London        80,102,017       77,988,752    2.7%
2. Charles de Gaulle, Paris            72,229,723       69,471,442    4.0%
3. Schiphol Airport Amsterdam   71,053,157       68,515,425     3.7%
4. Frankfurt Airport                       69,514,414       64,500,836     7.8%
5. Ataturk Airport, Istanbul          67,881,446       63,727,448     6.7%
6. Barajas Airport, Madrid           57,891,340       53,402,506    8.4%
7. El-Prat Airport, Barcelona       50,172,457       47,284,500    6.1%
8. Munich Airport                          46,253,623      44,577,241     3.8%
9. Gatwick Airport London          46,075,407      45,561,699     1.1%
10. Sheremetyevo, Moscow        45,836,000      39,641,443     15.6%
11. Fiumicino Airport, Rome       42,995,119       40,971,881      4.9%
12. Orly Airport, Paris                   33,120,685      32,042,475     3.4%
13. Dublin Airport                          31,500,000     29,582,321     6.5%
14. Zurich Airport                          31,113,488       29,396,094     5.8%
15. Copenhagen Airport                30,298,531     29,177,833      3.8%
16. Domodedovo, Moscow           29,400,000    30,657,854     -4.1%
17. Palma Airport                           29,081,787      27,970,655     4.0%
18. Lisbon Airport                          29,031,000     26,663,096    8.9%
19. Oslo Airport                              28,516,220      27,479,921     3.8%
20. Manchester Airport, UK         28,292,797       27,773,303     1.7%
Sources: AENA, BAA, airports, Wikipedia

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