North America leads the long-haul inbound into Europe; traffic up by 7.5% in Q4

March 15, 2019 | Bureau | Airports & Airlines

Long-haul arrivals in Europe went up by 7.5% during Q4 in 2018, Air Travellers’ Traffic Barometer, produced by European Cities Marketing and ForwardKeys, has reported. This spurt was driven by visitors from North America (+10.6%), the biggest contributor of overseas arrivals with a 36% share of total long-haul arrivals; and the Middle East (+10.2%), with a 10% share.

Intra-European air capacity grew by 9.1% in Q4 2018

Among the best-connected destinations, in terms of intra-regional capacity volume, London and Paris took the lead with 8% and 4% share respectively. Amsterdam (4% share) enjoyed solid increases in the number of seats +13.9% and it is set to continue in Q1 2019, positioning itself in second place after London.

Long-haul arrivals in Europe went up by an overall 7.5% during the last quarter of 2018

The increase was fuelled by visitors from North America (+10.6%), the biggest contributor of overseas arrivals into Europe with a 36% share of total long-haul arrivals; and the Middle East (+10.2%), with a 10% share. They both gained a percentage point of share compared to the same period last year, due to their solid performances.

 The top 10 most visited European cities by long-haul travellers in Q4 2018 remained the same as the previous quarter.

London (18% share) and Paris (15% share) maintained their predominance as the top two destinations for overseas travellers in terms of volume. Istanbul was the third preferred destination for long-haul visitors in Q4 with a 9% share thanks to its solid performance.