In its latest report, the National Institute of Statistics (INE) revealed that passenger traffic at Portugal’s national airports fell by 44.6 percent during the first six months of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020.
The same has been confirmed that when comparing these numbers with those recorded during the first six months of 2019, the country recorded an 80.4 percent drop in passenger traffic, TheSchengen.com reports.
In the first half of 2021, there was a 44.6 percent drop in the number of passengers handled at national airports. Compared to the first half of 2019, the reduction was 80. per cent,” as stated in the Portuguese National Institute of Statistics statement.
According to a press release from the National Institute of Statistics, although this year’s travel activity did not reach the activity recorded in 2019, June maintained the growth trend of air transport.
In June 2021, 11.9 thousand commercial aircraft landed at Portuguese national airports, which is 44.5 percent less than the aircraft that landed during the pre-pandemic period in June 2019.
When it comes to passenger traffic, it was revealed that two million passengers took off, disembarked or transited through Portugal’s airports in June 2021, which is 66 percent less than the number of passengers who used the airport for the same services in June 2019.
As for freight and mail traffic at Portugal’s national airports, the country recorded a decline of 4.7 percent during the month of June of this year compared to the same month of 2019.
Compared to June 2019, there were discrepancies of -44.5 percent in the number of aircraft that landed, -66.0 percent in passenger traffic and -4.7 percent in freight and mail traffic (-58.9 percent, -77.1 percent and -10.6). percent in May 2021 compared to the same month in 2019, in the same order), added the National Institute of Statistics.
Looking at the total number of passengers arriving at Portugal’s airports in June 2021, 70.9 percent correspond to international traffic, with the majority of passengers arriving from airports located in European countries (63.2 percent).
On the other hand, 70.4 percent of passengers who used Portuguese national airport services during June 2021 traveled from Portugal to another country, with the main destination being airports located in European countries (64.5 percent).
Earlier, the Greek Civil Aviation Authority announced that passenger traffic in the country has increased by 140.6 percent compared to the same period in 2020.
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