European Traffic Figures 2010

THE ASSOCIATION of European Airlines (AEA) has reported its preliminary traffic figures for 2010 and estimates that 335 million passengers boarded its member airlines.  This is ten million more than in 2009, but the AEA says that the figures were “severely distorted” mainly by the airspace closures in April and May, due to the volcanic ash cloud, and the disruption caused by the snowfalls towards the end of the year.  It added that the various disruptions made it difficult to obtain an accurate assessment of the state of the industry throughout the region, but there was sufficient evidence to suggest “an underlying growth trend of between 5 and 6%” compared to 2009.
Quoting Eurocontrol’s figures, the Association said that “160,000 flights within Europe were cancelled during 2010, with 100,000 of these attributed to the volcanic eruption.  However, the remaining 60,000 represented a 150% increase over the previous year’s level of cancellations.”