Passenger traffic at European airports increased by 5.2% in the first three months of the year, according to Airports Council International. Freight traffic during January and March increased by 22.6% and movements decreased by 1.1%. “It is encouraging to see that more than 80% of Europe’s airports have seen growth during this period,” said ACI Europe Director General Olivier Jankovec. “However, the paralysis caused by the massive closure of airspace in response to volcanic ash dispersion has seen Europe’s airports loosing up to 25% of their traffic in April. This is an extremely severe shock to our recovery, which is still evolving. As disruptions continue to affect parts of Europe, ACI EUROPE fully supports on-going efforts to fine-tune the methodology used to impose restrictions to air traffic based on more precise data analysis,” he added.