Vienna International Airport: volcanic ash cloud triggers 8.0% decline in passengers during April 2010
Forecasts for 2010 remain intact with 3% growth in passenger traffic
The effects of the volcanic ash cloud on air traffic, in general, and on Vienna International Airport, in particular, led to a year-on-year decline of 8.0% in the number of passengers handled to 1,396,357 in April 2010. The number of passengers rose by 2.1% year-on-year during the period from January to April 2010.
Flight movements fell by 7.1%. In April 2010 maximum take-off weight (MTOW) rose by 1.9% and cargo by 35.3% over the comparable prior year period.
Traffic forecasts by Flughafen Wien AG for 2010 remain intact with growth of 3% in the number of passengers, 6.0% in maximum take-off weight (MTOW) and 1.0% in flight movements.
The closing of air space across Europe and in Austria was responsible for a 7.5% decline in the number of local passengers at Vienna International Airport to 984,758 in April 2010. Transfer traffic was 8.7% lower than in April 2009. Passenger traffic to Eastern Europe declined 4.3% in comparison with April 2009. The number of passenger travelling to Western Europe and the Middle East fell by 12.3% and 8.2%, respectively, during April 2010.
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