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European Airport Traffic Rose 3.8% in April

Passenger traffic moving through European airports increased by 3.8% in April compared to last year, officials said Thursday.

The Airports Council International Europe said traffic went up at both large and small airports, with airports serving less than 5 million passengers per year experiencing a rise of 8.7%, the largest increase.

The small Girona airport in northern Spain topped the list with an increase of 36.4%.

Traffic was up 3.5% among Europe's major airports, with Madrid scoring an increase of 11.4% and Munich increasing its tally by 11.1%.

Overall freight traffic among European airports was 1.1% higher compared to 2006.

ACI Europe used data from 102 European airports to compile its report. The council's 400 member airports handle 90 percent of commercial air traffic in Europe.