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41% Rise of Private Ownership at Europe’s Airports, ACI-Europe Reports

The Airports Council International Europe (ACI-Europe) has a released an updated 2016 Ownership report, revealing the dramatic rise of private investment in Europe’s airports since ACI-Europe last issued the report in 2010.

The number of European airports with some share of private ownership has risen to 41% of European airports—205 in all—up from 22% in 2010.

Nearly 39% of these (79 airports) are entirely privately owned, and 61% (126 airports) are variable percentage ’public-private’ ownerships.

Larger airports, which handle close to 75% of Europe’s passenger traffic, have the most private shareholders.

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European Airports ‘Off to a Good Start’ in 2016, but Norway Aviation Tax a Concern

Airports Council International—Europe (ACI-EUROPE) reports that European airports, on average, have started the year 6.3% ahead of 2015, but warns that the proposed aviation tax in Norway could hurt the economy.

The average increase in passenger traffic was 6.9%

16 airports in EU Member states had double digit growth. “This was the strongest monthly rate in almost two years,” the airports association states.

Non-EU airports reported slower growth of 4.3%

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Copenhagen Airport Reports Continuing Record Growth

Copenhagen Airport (CPH) has released its annual report for 2015, showing record passenger numbers and solid earnings for the year.

The airport set a new passenger record for the fifth successive year in 2015, with more than 26.6 million passengers.

CPH reports that international passenger growth was a primary driver for growth, with the introduction of new long-haul routes, strengthening its position as an international hub in Northern Europe and intensifying its competition with the major European airports.

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Schengen Must Remain in Tact, European Airports Tell EU Commission

“For Europe’s airports, the removal of internal air border controls between the 26 Schengen States has played an essential role in the availability of efficient and affordable air services for European citizens,” the airport association states.
“It has allowed intra-European air transport to become a commodity, as evidenced by the continued growth of air traffic. While just over 600 million passengers used Europe’s airports in 1990, an estimated 1,95 billion did so last year—with over 60% (1,2 billion) of them using one of the 443 airports located within the Schengen area.”