Air passengers grow 6% in EU

in News · 07-12-2019 20:00:00 · 0 Comments

The number of air passengers in the European Union (EU) reached 1.1 billion last year, up 6 percent from 2017, with Portugal advancing above the European average (7 percent) according to Eurostat.

The United Kingdom is the Member State with the most passengers at its airports (272 million people), followed by Germany (222 million), Spain (220 million) and Italy (153 million).

In Portugal, 51 million people travelled last year, an increase of 7 percent over 2017, of which five million were on domestic flights and the remainder on international flights: 36 million in the EU and nine million in third countries.

On average in the EU, almost half of passenger air transport was within the European bloc (513 million, 46 percent) followed by transport outside the European bloc (410 million, 37 percent), while domestic transport weighed 16 percent with 181 million passengers.

Lisbon airport ranks 14th in passenger volume in 2018 (29 million, 8.9 percent more than a year earlier), with London Heathrow leading the way (80 million air passengers, an increase of 2.7 percent compared to 2017).


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