Record number of EU air passengers carried in 2017

The EU number of air passengers has risen by 70.5m between 2016 and 2017.

Heathrow Airport, UK

In 2017, air passenger transport has steadily risen in the EU, figures from Eurostat, the statistical office of the bloc show. According to the statistics more than 1bn passengers travelled by air in the European Union (EU), which represents a rise by 7% compared with 2016 and by 39% compared with 2009. 

Over this period, intra-EU transport represented almost half (47%) of total air passenger transport in the EU and extra-EU transport over a third (36%), while national transport accounted for fewer than 1 in every 5 passengers (17%), figures show as well.

According to the figures In 2017, the largest number of air passengers was recorded in the United Kingdom (265m passengers), followed by Germany, Spain, France and Italy. Subsequently, in regard to EU's top passenger airports, London/Heathrow remains leader as bloc's busiest passenger airport in 2017, with 78m passengers handled, slightly up with 3% compared with the previous year. The airport also handed the most passengers on extra-EU transport.

Meanwhile, Paris's Charles de Gaulle takes second place with 69m passengers. The list of top 5 busiest airports is completed by Amsterdam's Schiphol, Frankfurt's Main and Madrid's Barajas.

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