Average passenger traffic grew by 6.5 percent compared to the same month in 2017.
The non-EU market led growth at 10.8 percent, on the back of Turkish airports increasing passenger traffic by 17.5 percent. Gains were especially strong at airports in Georgia (36 percent), Israel (17.1 percent), Ukraine (15.1 percent), and Iceland (11.7 percent) as well as smaller markets; FYROM (21.8 percent), Bosnia-Herzegovina (19.1 percent) and Montenegro (17.2 percent).
Additionally, EU market passenger traffic growth expanded by 5.2 percent, the same pace as in January this year.
Airports in the Eastern and Southern parts of the bloc, along with Finland and Luxembourg, significantly outperformed this average. Some airports registered double-digit growth in passenger traffic including Malta (17.9 percent), Riga, Latvia (17.6 percent), and Vilnius, Lithuania (16.9 percent).
The top five European airports saw passenger volumes increase by 7.7 percent, driven by Turkey’s Istanbul-Atatürk (17.7 percent) and Netherlands’ Amsterdam-Schiphol (9.6 percent).
Freight traffic retained its recent robust growth trend during February rising by 5.7 percent compared to the same month in 2017.