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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Report: Air Traffic in Europe Will Continue Decline in 2013

Overall air traffic in Europe declined by 2.67 percent in 2012, according to a new report released by the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL).

The decline is likely a reflection of the economic climate in Europe, which saw major airlines layoff thousands of workers and file for bankruptcy over the past two years. However there was some good news in the report; low-cost and chartered carriers saw air traffic increases of 1.4 percent and 2.6 percent compared to 2011.

EUROCONTROL said several countries in eastern Europe also saw an increase in air traffic, with Turkey, Norway, Poland and Ukraine experiencing a combined extra 240 flights per day year-over-year.

However, those increases were offset by declines in the “busiest countries.” According to the report, Spain saw a decline of 290 fewer flights per day; Italy and Germany each declined by about 140 fewer flights per day.

“With fuel prices remaining high and the economic recovery delayed yet again, EUROCONTROL’s current forecast is for a slight decline in traffic in 2013,” the group said in a statement. More

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