in July passenger traffic to 133 million. But “there is still no recovery”

In July, passenger traffic on the European airport network more than doubled compared to the same month last year, from 57.4 million to 133.4 million. This was announced by Aci Europe, the association of airport operators, in its report on traffic trends, warning however that the improvement recorded “is not the recovery of the sector”.

The report shows that passenger traffic in the European airport network decreased by 49.3% in July compared to the same pre-pandemic period (2019), a significant improvement compared to previous months (-74% in the second quarter of 2021). The best performance came from Romania (-32.6%), Greece (-33.3%), Luxembourg (-44.5%) and France (-46.2%), while Finland (-81.9%) ), Ireland (-81.7%) and the United Kingdom (-81.2%) recorded the most marked drops. Germany (-60.8%) also underperformed the European area average. Preliminary data for August reveals that passenger traffic on the European airport network has continued to improve, but at a slower pace than in July, with the month closing at -43%.

“The relaxation of travel restrictions for intra-European travel and the EU’s Covid digital certificates – commented Olivier Jankovec, general manager of Aci Europe – have allowed passenger traffic to finally improve throughout Europe, giving oxygen to airports in the months of July and August. But don’t make mistakes, this can’t be called a recovery. So far this year we are still 66% below pre-pandemic volumes and the improvement has mainly benefited smaller airports that rely on domestic and leisure traffic “