Heathrow is the busiest airport in Europe

Passenger numbers in Europe are on the increase, up 43% from 2010 according to Eurostat the EU’s statistics agency.

Most of those are Brits accounting for 272 million out of a total of 1.1 billion. This represents an increase of 3% over last year almost 63 million.

These totals were followed by Germany with 222 million, Spain with 221 million, France with 162 million and Italy with 153 million.

Eurostat graph showing country share of air passenger traffic

The top 3 passenger airports were London Heathrow was the busiest airport with 80 million passengers followed by Paris Charles de Gaulle with 72 million and Amsterdam Schiphol with 71 million.

Eurostat graph showing European air passenger traffic by airport






London Gatwick with 46 million passengers reached eight position. Three other countries had two airports in the top ten list. Those were Germany with Frankfurt and Munich, Spain with Madrid and Barcelona, and France with Charles de Gaulle and Orly both in Paris.

Italy’s Fiumicino airport in Rome is the only other country with an airport featured in the top ten airports by passenger numbers.

Each of the top 30 EU airports registered an increase in the number of passengers handled in 2018, except Hamburg (-2%) and Düsseldorf (-1%). The highest rises among the top 30 EU airports were registered in Budapest/Liszt Ferenc International (+14%), Warsaw/Chopina (+13%), Athens/Eleftherios Venizelos, Vieena/Schwechat and Helsinki/Vantaa (all +11%), Milan/Malpensa (+10%), Prague/Ruzyne, Lisbon and Madrid/Barajas (all +9%).