July & August 2023


Passenger traffic on a steady upward trend in the first half of 2023

ACI EUROPE has released the traffic figures for the first half of 2023, revealing a sustained recovery trend across the European airport network. When compared to pre-pandemic (2019) levels, passenger volumes stood at -7.7% in H1 — steadily improving over the period from -11% in January to -5.9% in June.

This positive development was largely underpinned by international demand, bringing passenger volumes close to full recovery.

However, performance gaps still remain with certain national markets lagging behind the European average. In June, the best passenger traffic performances in the EU+ market came from airports in Greece (+14.2%), Iceland (+9.3%), Luxembourg (+8.7%), Portugal (+8.1%) and Poland (+6.3%). Conversely, airports in Finland (-32.2%), Slovenia (-31.9%), Germany (-21.7%), Bulgaria (-20.5%) and Sweden (-18.8%) remained well below their pre-pandemic levels.

Amongst the larger markets, airports in Italy (+1.9%) posted the best results, followed by those in Spain (-2.8), the UK (-6%) and France (-8.3%) – with airports in Germany being clear outliers.

Find out more in our Press Release.

ACI EUROPE members can download the full version of the Airport Traffic Report in the section dedicated to members on our website. If you require assistance to access this space, please contact Josipa Antunovic at josipa.antunovic@aci-europe.org.