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French airports lagging behind, European growth in good shape

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Published on 15/03/18 - Updated on 17/03/22

Significant upturn in Paris-CDG activities with traffic up 5.4%.

In the run-up to the Air Transport Forum (20 March 2018), the Union of French Airports (UAF) reveals its 2017 statistics and estimates that the French platforms are not capturing all the expected growth.

Infography | Air Traffic Statistics 2017 (UAF)

“This growth was not expected a few years ago,” Thomas Juin, President of the UAF, said at a press conference in Paris on Tuesday 13 March 2018. “This is no coincidence: French airports have adapted their capacity and are continuously investing to allow traffic to develop and passengers to take advantage of it.”

But the representatives of French airports nuanced this improvement. Nicolas Paulissen, General Delegate of the UAF, said: "We really have a growth gap between the EU and France, which obviously raises the question of competitiveness.” Thomas Juin added: “France is not capturing all the growth it could capture in the EU. Two points is huge, millions of passengers are at stake."

Airport executives then call for a comprehensive solution, which should lead to a win-win situation for the entire industry. “The government must ensure that growth in air travel benefits the entire French economy rather than just airports and airlines," explains Nicolas Paulissen.

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