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Week 7 saw over 24,000 daily flights across the European aviation network, a 4% week-on-week rise.

There were some notable week-on-week increases, particularly at the easyJet Group, which continued to accelerate operations. Daily flights were up 16% (after a 37% increase in Week 6), which saw easyJet move back into second place on 1,387 daily flights.

Almost double-digit growth in air traffic was recorded in two Top 10 countries, with Germany and France both seeing a 9% rise.

That took Germany up to 3,988 daily flights, just 1 daily flight behind second-busiest State Spain. Part but not all of that reflected a bounce-back after Week 6’s ground handling strike, in a week that saw:

  • 13% more traffic to/from Frankfurt (Week 6: -3%) with 1,109 daily flights, with FRA rising to 5th place ahead of Madrid in Europe’s top airports.
  • 22% more traffic to/from Munich (Week 6: -4%) with 836 daily flights, also going up a place ahead of Barcelona to 7th.
  • 22% flights at 4th busiest airline Lufthansa (Week 6: -8%) with 1,110 daily flights.

Traffic to/from France, the fourth busiest State, was also up 9% on 3,479 daily flights, with a corresponding 11% increase at Paris CDG (1,124 daily flights & up to 4th) and 12% more flights operated by the Air France Group (862 daily flights & up to 5th).

Network flight punctuality also improved, returning to 83% in Week 7 after dipping to 78% in Week 6.

Once again intra-European flights drove the overall traffic increase, up 5% vs Week 6 and accounting for 18,877 of those 24,452 network daily flights.

Most other flows were close to Week 6 values, but North Africa again exceeded that rate of increase, up 8% to reach 1,034 daily flights, coming after the previous week’s 6% increase, and now putting this major traffic flow at an impressive 115% of pre-pandemic traffic. Traffic to/from North America, the fourth largest flow, also stood out with a 4% week-on-week increase to 963 daily flights, also notably above 2019 at 108%.

In terms of market segments, the major three are all up compared to this period in 2023, with mainline carrier flights the most improved market segment at 13% higher, low-cost carriers up 7%, and regional carriers – for some time lagging in recovery terms - also on a positive trend at 5% up.

More info can be found in our aviation Our data section – or on our EUROCONTROL DATA app, which provides 24/7 access to the latest daily aviation data and can be downloaded from Apple/Google Play.

Top 3 airlines & week-on-week change

  1. Ryanair Group: 2,223 daily flights (0%)
  2. easyJet: 1,387 daily flights (+16%)
  3. Turkish: 1,333 daily flights (-1%)

Top 3 airports & week-on-week change

  1. iGA Istanbul Airport: 1,302 daily flights (0%)
  2. London Heathrow: 1,271 daily flights (+3%)
  3. Amsterdam Schiphol: 1,265 daily flights (+4%)

Top 3 States & week-on-week change

  1. The UK: 4,809 daily flights (+3%)
  2. Spain: 3,989 daily flights (+5%)
  3. Germany: 3,988 daily flights (+9%)

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