Romania recorded one of the the highest increases of air passenger transport in EU last year


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In 2015, 918.3 million passengers travelled by air in the European Union (EU), up by 4.7 percent compared with 2014 and by 22 percent compared with 2009. According to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, over this period, air passenger transport has steadily risen in the EU.

The number of air passengers carried in 2015 rose in all EU Member States compared with 2014. The largest increases were registered in Slovakia (+16.3 percent) and Romania (+15.3 percent), followed by Hungary (+13 percent), Poland (+12.4 percent), Ireland (+12.3 percent), Lithuania (+11.3 percent) and Portugal (+10.6 percent). In contrast, the lowest increases were observed in Bulgaria (+1.2 percent), Austria (+1.4 percent) and Finland (+1.8 percent).

Overall in the EU, the number of air passengers rose by 4.7 percent between 2014 and 2015, notably driven by the rise in intra-EU transport (+7.3 percent).

Last year, one in four air passengers was recorded in the United Kingdom, where total air passenger transport amounted to 232 million. It was followed by Germany (194 million passengers), Spain (175 million), France (141 million) and Italy (128 million).

London/Heathrow remained the EU’s busiest passenger airport in 2015, with 75 million passengers handled, slightly up (+ 2.2 percent) compared with 2014. Paris/Charles de Gaulle (65.7 million, + 3.2 percent), Frankfurt/Main (60.9 million, + 2.5 percent) and Amsterdam/Schiphol (58.2 million, + 5.8 percent) were the second, third and fourth busiest airports, followed at a distance by Madrid/Barajas (46.3 million, +11.4 percent), München (40.9 million,  +3.3 percent), London/Gatwick (40.3 million, +5.7 percent), Roma/Fiumicino (40.2 million, + 5.2 percent) and Barcelona/El Prat (39.4 million, + 5.4 percent).

Henri Coanda Airport ranks the 40th in the EU, given that last year the Otopeni airport was transited by 9.274 million passengers, 12 percent more than in 2014 but fewer than how many have passed through the international airport in Budapest (10.2 million), Warsaw (11.2 million) or Prague (11.8 million).

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