Booming Madrid airport to fly by Schiphol

28th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — Schiphol Airport faces tough competition from Barajas Airport near Madrid, a report by the European Air Safety group Eurocontrol has indicated.

28 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — Schiphol Airport faces tough competition from Barajas Airport near Madrid, a report by the European Air Safety group Eurocontrol has indicated.

Eurocontrol said on Tuesday that the Spanish airport will be handling more flights than Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport by 2012.

Schiphol is currently bigger than Barajas and is the 4th largest airport in Europe in terms of volume. The Spanish airport is the 5th largest, but Eurocontrol predicted it may surpass London Heathrow, the 3rd largest airport in Europe. Charles de Gaulle in Paris and Frankfurt Main are 1st and 2nd.

Eurocontrol's seven-year forecast report predicts there will be over 11.4 million flights per year in Europe by 2012, 26 percent more than 2005.

"On average, this represents a growth of 3.3 percent each year. However the study finds that growth will not be uniform across the region, with some countries such as Romania, Ukraine and Armenia predicted to see growth of over 50 percent in the seven-year period".

Other countries, such as Switzerland and Norway, have growth predictions around 20 percent.

Madrid's Barajas Airport has shown particularly strong growth. It has 8.4 percent more passengers in 2005, while Schiphol dealt with 3.8 percent more passengers. Both airports hope to entice more Asian and US carriers. Barajas further its campaign by opening a new terminal in February.

Eurocontrol also predicted high-speed rail services will lead to a reduction of 80,000 flights, or 1 percent of the total, in the next seven years.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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