TAV maintains its leading position in Europe
Airports Council International (ACI) published the increase in the number of passengers at airports operated by TAV as one of the best in 2013. According to the figures of growth announced by ACI, Istanbul Atatürk Airport has successfully been defending its leading position, amongst the airport with over 25 million passenger capacity, since 2011. Ankara Esenboğa, İzmir Adnan Menderes and Macedonia Ohrid airports were also listed amongst the best.
According to the listing prepared by Airports Council International (ACI) in 4 categories in terms of the annual growth figures, Atatürk Airport operated by TAV Airports became the top airport 4 times in a row in its category with a 13.6 per cent increase compared to 2012. Atatürk Airport was followed by Moscow SVO and Moscow DME with increases of 11.7 and 9.2 per cent respectively. Ankara Esenboğa Airport became the leader of the "airports with 5 to 10 million capacity" category with an 18.2 per cent increase. Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport, on the other hand, is listed as the third with 9.2 per cent increase in passenger numbers following Warsaw, the capital of Poland. According to December figures, Ohrid Airport, operated by TAV in Macedonia, is listed as the leader amongst the airports with a passenger capacity of 5 million or less, with an increase of 295.4 per cent.
ACI Board Member and TAV Airports Chief Executive Officer Sani Şener said “The passenger growth figures in Turkey raise the statistics for all airports within ACI. Istanbul has already been maintaining its leading position successfully for the past 4 years in a row. The passenger growth figures particularly at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Ankara Esenboğa and Izmir Adnan Menderes airports we operate as TAV made us very proud. In addition, we were extremely happy with the December data of the Ohrid Airport that we operate in Macedonia. We are doing our best to maintain the level of growth at our airports." Şener also addressed the recent growth of the sector in Europe and said: "We do not see the same level of growth in European airports that we have in Turkey. According to 2012 figures, there is a start of a slow growth in passenger numbers in Europe, which is very important for our sector. The average growth in passenger numbers across European airports in 2013 is 2.3 per cent. This figure at the airports of the EU countries is 1 per cent."
Passenger growth figures are calculated in consideration of data for 180 airports representing approximately 88 per cent of the air traffic in Europe. ACI member airports provide service to over 1.5 billion passengers and handle 17 million metric tons of cargo per year.
Airports that experienced the highest increases in 2013 in passenger traffic
Group 1 (Airports welcoming more than 25 million passengers per year) Istanbul Atatürk 13.6%, Moscow SVO 11.7%, Moscow DME 9.2%, Antalya 8.5%, and Paris ORY 3.8%
Group 2 (Airports welcoming between 10 and 25 million passengers) Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen 27%, St Petersburg 15.2%, Berlin TXL 7.1%, Dublin 5.6%, and Stockholm ARN 5.3%
Group 3 (Airports welcoming between 5 and 10 million passengers) Ankara Esenboğa 18.2%, Warsaw WAW 11.4%, Izmir Adnan Menderes 9.2%, Alicante 8.9%, and Bergen 7.6%
Group 4 (Airports welcoming less than 5 million passengers per year) Arad 172%, Chita 30.1%, Zadar 27.6%, Kazan 24.3%, and Tivat 23.9%
Airports that experienced the highest increases during December 2013 in passenger traffic
Group 1 (Airports welcoming more than 25 million passengers per year) Istanbul Atatürk 12.7%, Moscow SVO 11.5%, Antalya 8.3%, Paris ORY 7.6%, and Amsterdam 5.4%
Group 2 (Airports welcoming between 10 and 25 million passengers) Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen 44.6%, St Petersburg 13.9%, Malaga 11.8%, Stockholm ARN 11%, and Lisbon 10.8%
Group 3 (Airports welcoming between 5 and 10 million passengers) Ankara Esenboğa 21%, Lanzarote 15.5%, Kiev 14.2%, Izmir Adnan Menderes 11.8% and Edinburgh 11%
Group 4 (Airports welcoming less than 5 million passengers per year) Macedonia Ohrid (+295.4%), Vatry (+72.5%), Bournemouth (+51.1%), Kaunas (+39.2%) and Arad (+38.1%)