EuroAirport announces 3rd quarter traffic results: moderate growth in passenger traffic, air freight up, trucked freight down

At the end of September 2016, passenger numbers were up 3% on the previous year, totalling 5.6 million for the year to date. The number of commercial flights (scheduled and charter flights) remained stable at +1%. At 74,000 tons, total freight business (comprising cargo, express freight and trucked freight) was down by 2% in comparison with the previous year; by contrast, air freight (cargo and express freight) increased by 10%.

At the end of the 3rd quarter of 2016, passenger traffic at EuroAirport increased by 3% in comparison to the previous year reaching 5.6 million passengers. This fairly moderate year-on-year growth is attributable primarily to the impact of terrorist activities and the corresponding fall in demand in certain countries. Nonetheless, EuroAirport's winter programme offers scheduled flights to 70 destinations (76 airports), i.e. three more destinations than the previous winter. Although there will be fewer flights per week this winter, larger aircraft are being deployed on certain routes. This fleet adjustment, paired with more passenger numbers per flight, will continue to ensure moderate growth. By the end of 2016, EuroAirport expects to see a 3% rise in passenger traffic to 7.3 million.

  At the end of September 2016, freight traffic shows an overall decline of 2% to 74,000 tons (previous year: 75,000 tons). 53% (previous year: 47%) of this was attributable to flown freight (general cargo and express freight). Thanks to the good market acceptance of the new Cargo Terminal, general cargo activities were up 14% to 8,800 tons (end of September 2015: 7,700). Express freight increased by 9% to 30,500 tons (previous year: 28,000 tons). The share of trucked freight (goods classed as air cargo but carried by road) declined by 13% to 34,600 tons compared to 39,400 tons in the 3rd quarter of 2015. There are three main reasons for this: the sustained effects of the abolition of the minimum Swiss franc-euro exchange rate making conditions more difficult for the Swiss export industry, sluggish development of the global economy and a continued shift in volumes from air to maritime freight. By the end of 2016, EuroAirport expects freight traffic to remain stable at 101,000 tons when compared with the previous year.

Take-offs and landings at the end of the 3rd quarter of 2016 were up 3% to 73,700 compared to the previous year.

About EuroAirport

This winter EuroAirport offers direct scheduled flights to over 70 destinations operated by a total of 20 airlines. Thanks to the strong presence of airlines that are members of the Star Alliance, oneworld or SkyTeam airline alliances, EuroAirport can offer several intercontinental connections per day via the main European hubs: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Munich, Paris and Vienna.

In the cargo business, EuroAirport is served by the four main providers in the express freight sector: DHL, FedEx, TNT and UPS. Five major airlines currently meet the needs of the region’s general cargo export buseinss: ABC Airlines to Moscow, Emirates SkyCargo to Dubai, Korean Air to Seoul, Qatar Airlines to Doha and LAN Cargo to São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile.

In the third business segment at EuroAirport, the activities of Air Service Basel, AMAC Aerospace and Jet Aviation on the airport site constitute a highly specialized centre of excellence for refurbishment and maintenance of private aircraft. These companies employ over 2,000 people.

EuroAirport statistics end of september 2016