With the explosion of low-cost flights, more and more people are offering themselves the opportunity to travel quickly at more than affordable airfares. European airports receive an increasing number of passengers annually, including both domestic and international flights. What are the busiest airports in the European Union?
The economic and environmental consequences of dynamic air transport
Air transport corresponds to the transport of goods and passengers by air, which is characterised by an important economic sector and includes a number of diversified activities. This mode of transport is generally available through specialised airlines and the growth of air transport activities represents an important weight for the world economy, as all vehicles used are based on the use of fossil fuels. Moreover, it is one of the only sectors that does not experience a decline in the event of a crisis and can serve as an indicator of economic development. It should not be denied that transport contributes to the emission of greenhouse gases leading to global warming but remains far behind agriculture and construction work. Airlines have committed to reducing emissions in order to reduce environmental impact, and in the case of France, Christophe Bejach, co-founder of the Avion, discusses solutions to reduce pollution emitted by aircraft.
The top 3 of the most affluent airports in the EU
Some airports in the EU have significantly more dynamic traffic and can be considered as air transport giants. Among them, the most affluent remains London Heathrow Airport in England, operating at full capacity at all times with more than 75 million passengers in 2016, with more than 470,000 commercial flights annually and a growing number of flights, prompting managers to consider expansion. Then Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in France has a total of 65 million passengers per year, about 9% less than Heathrow, with 472,000 flights in 2016 and finally Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with 63 million passengers per year and 478,000 flights in 2016.
An essential interest
Large airports allow for alternative flights compared to a standard size airport if a flight is delayed or cancelled. The delays of the latter are less significant, and airports have different places of entertainment to facilitate waiting.