EU air traffic shows first rise since Sept. 11


Total international traffic for European airlines in the week March 18th to 24th was up 2.7 per cent year-on-year, giving the first weekly year-on-year rise since September 11th, reported the Association of European Airlines.

The association noted that data from SN Brussels, the new Belgian airline, is not included in its figures and that its absence gives a 3 percentage point improvement to the figures.

Also excluded from the figures are Air Malta, Austrian Airlines, Finnair and Swissair.

Traffic on European routes was up 7.9 per cent year-on-year while traffic on North Atlantic routes was down 6.6 per cent and traffic on Far Eastern and Australasian routes was up 0.5 per cent, the association said.