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Portugal: Airport Passenger Numbers Mark 500% Increase

The number of passengers welcomed at Portugal’s national airports saw an overall increase of 500.3% in the first four months of this year, compared to figures for the same period in 2021.

These conclusions were made by the latest report by the National Institute on Express Air Transport Statistics for the month of April of this year, reports.

“In the first four months of 2022, the number of passengers increased by 500.3% (-19.4 percent compared to the same period in 2019), continuing the trend towards levels recorded in the pre-pandemic period,” by the same source.

In addition, the same source shows that between January and April 2022, France remained the main country of origin and destination for flights, representing a 445.8 percent increase in the number of passengers disembarked as well as a total of 371.8 percent. In the number of passengers sailing compared to the statistical period last year.

According to figures provided by the authorities in Portugal, France, the United Kingdom and Spain followed.

Taking into account figures for the month of April 2022 only, a total of 18,600 aircraft on commercial flights were reported to have landed at Portugal’s national airports, equivalent to 4.9 million passengers and 18,300 tons of cargo and mail.

According to data provided by the National Institute, in April 2022, average daily arrivals of a total of 83,800 passengers were recorded at national airports, close to the level observed in April 2019.

Taking into account the passengers’ disembarkation in April of this year, a total of 81.5 percent corresponds to international traffic, mostly from European countries, or 70.6 percent of the total.

As for passengers on the flight, a total of 80.6 percent correspond to international traffic, and the main destination is airports in European countries.

The increase in the number of passengers mainly comes from the easing of restrictions previously imposed to contain the further spread of the Corona virus and its new variants.

Figures recently provided by the Portuguese Hotel Association revealed that the tourism sector in Portugal has seen a remarkable improvement compared to other European countries; However, the statistics are still well below pre-pandemic levels.

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