Growth resumes in European flight movements

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European flights increased 0.4% in August, the first real traffic growth since October 2011, says Eurocontrol.

This is despite the halving of flights to Egypt that ensued from travel warnings by a number of European states during the month.

The Egypt trend has continued in September, said Eurocontrol, noting that tour operators TUI and Thomas Cook have reduced their winter 2013-14 Egypt programmes.

Eurocontrol says that only the low-cost market segment was showed consistent growth in August, and even this was only at 2.5%, "far slower than historical rates for that sector". Both business aviation and traditional scheduled flights have resumed moderate growth, up 1% and 0.2% respectively, but charter and all-cargo flights both declined 3%.

The improvement looks as it is continuing into September, said Eurocontrol, with preliminary data for the month showing a 0.6% increase in movements.