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In the first half of the year, Larnaca airport managed to rank third among all the international airports in Europe with passenger traffic of 5 to 10 million passengers per year. The airport had the largest increase in passenger traffic in its category since March.

European airport trade body, ACI EUROPE, released its air traffic report for June, which reveals that during the first half of this year, passenger traffic at Europe’s airports grew by an average +9.0%.

Larnaca airport ranked third, with an increase of 22.7% or 571,926 additional passengers, while Keflavik International Airport (Iceland) ranked first with 39.7% and Kiev International Airport (Ukraine) ranked second with 29.4%. Hermes noted that in the group of airports with 5 to 10 million passengers per year, Larnaca ranked first among all the international airports of the European Union member states that had achieved the biggest increase in passenger traffic.

In the EU, Cyprus, the Benelux, Malta, Portugal, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, The Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia all achieved double digit growth. While in the non-EU market, Albania, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro and Ukraine all grew by well above +20%.

Europe’s Top 5 busiest airports also recorded a passenger traffic increase of +4.3% in the first half of the year. This is a notable improvement in comparison to their performance last year, when there was a mere assenger traffic increase of  +1.6%. Amsterdam-Schiphol topped the league in terms of growth with +8.7%, followed by Paris-CDG  with +5.2%, Frankfurt with +4.5% and capacity-constrained London-Heathrow with +3.9%.

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