Nordic airports compare well to rest of Europe

European airport traffic up just over 3% in 2013

The air traffic analysts at have gathered passenger traffic data for the whole of 2013 from almost 350 of Europe’s airports in more than 40 countries. The figures show that overall European airport traffic increased by just over 3% in 2013 compared with 2012.

A graph charts each country’s progress. Norway performed above average, gaining 4.8% more passengers during the year. Denmark (+3.2%) and Sweden (+3.1%) also did well. Passenger traffic in Finland, however, fell 0.8%. But Iceland did exceptionally well, achieving 15.6% growth. Three countries were ahead of Iceland: Macedonia (17.8%), Montenegro (16.6%) and Georgia (16.4%).

At the bottom of the table was Estonia, at minus 11.2%, a direct result of the downsizing of the national carrier Estonian Air. Lithuania, now recovering from the economic crisis, gained 10.2% more passengers in 2013, while Latvia, which grew very quickly before the crisis, saw negligible growth of 0.6%.

[pictured: Narsarauq Airport, Greenland; photo courtesy Narsaruaq AFIS]

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