The December update of the forecast was for 2013 flights to be similar to 2012 volumes and for a 2.4% increase in flights in 2014. The forecast will next be updated in February and a downward revision is expected (EUROCONTROL, January).
In this first issue of 2013:
Overall European traffic decreased by 2.4% in 2012. Preliminary data for January show a 5.5% decrease in traffic on January 2012.
IATA reported an increase of 5.1% in demand in 2012 as a whole for scheduled passenger traffic in Europe. Total load factors for the year stood at 79.6%. Freight traffic was down 2.9% in 2012 compared with 2011.
AEA figures for 2012, traffic (RPK) increased by 4.3%, an additional 8.7 million passengers on 2011. The average load factor was up 1.7 percentage point to 79.1% and capacity growth (ASK) increased by 2%.