Balkan airports are fastest growing in Europe for 2017

Aurel Vlaicu International AirportRomanian Aurel Vlaicu International Airport in Bucharest and Serbian Constantine the Great Airport in Nis are the fastest growing aiports in Europe for 2017, according to ACI Europe. They reported growth of 208.9% and 167.8% year-on-year, respectively. Third is that in Craiova, where the number of passengers has doubled in 12 months.

The airports are ranked according to their performance for the whole of 2017 on year-on-year basis

However, for December 2017, the fastest growing in Europe was Bulgarian Bourgas Airport with an impressive 6355.8%. It should be noted, however, that this figure is not due to such an incredible leap in the passenger flow. The explanation is that it was precisely in December 2016 that the airport repair was completed and that was the reason for this result.

Among the main airports in Europe, Sofia also features with good performance. According to the official announcement of ACI Europe, Sofia International Airport has increased its passenger traffic by 87.1%, placing it on the fourth place in Europe after those in KeflavĂ­k (Iceland), Sabiha Gokcen in Istanbul and Split International Airport.

The ACI Europe also points out that Europe-wide passenger growth in 2017 has been the fastest in last 12 years, with progress mainly driven by airports in Eastern and Southern Europe.