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Slovenia’s Air Passenger Traffic Plummets by 83.3% – Marks Lowest Rates in EU

Slovenian airports experienced an 83.3 percent drop in air passenger traffic in 2020, which is the largest drop among all EU member states.

According to the latest report by Eurostat, European statistics company Slovakia (-82.4 percent) and Croatia (-81.9 percent) followed the downward trend, indicating the significant loss they suffered in air passenger traffic, TheSchengen.com reports.

Compared to Charles de Gaulle Airport, France’s busiest airport, which registered 22 million passengers for this period, José Pučnik Airport in Ljubljana in Slovenia is listed 147th in air passenger traffic with 288,000 passengers, of whom 159,000 traveled within the 27-country bloc and 129,000 to the third place. Countries.

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In addition, throughout 2021, the Slovenian aviation authorities experienced a decrease of 81 percent, which represents 4,000 passenger flight movements. The most frequent connection was with Frankfurt, followed by Istanbul, Paris, Stansted in London and Belgrade Airport in Sofia, which recorded the smallest drop in passengers in the European Union, with passenger volumes down 60 percent from 2019.

Moreover, all EU countries experienced similar declines in this regard, with the Czech Republic recording 79.7 percent compared to last year’s rates, followed by Finland (-76.7 percent), Italy (-74.9 percent), and Spain (-74.6 percent). cent). ) and Germany (-74.5 per cent).

The smallest decrease was recorded in Luxembourg by 67.3 per cent. Greece, famous as the 2021 tourism champion, recorded a decline of 69.1 percent.

TheSchengen.com previously reported that air passenger traffic in EU countries in 2020 amounted to 277 million, a 73.3 percent decrease from 2019. Severe entry restrictions imposed by governments across the bloc were found to be responsible for the significant loss, which, according to The International Air Transport Association (IATA) data will not fully recover until 2024.

Data from Eurostat further reveals that air passenger transport within the European Union throughout 2020 constitutes 33 percent of total passengers, followed by national transport, which accounts for 22 percent. However, EU external transport accounted for nearly half of all passengers (45 per cent).

The European Travel Council recently revealed that rates of international arrivals to the EU are expected to decline further through the end of the year, already reaching a 60 percent drop compared to 2019 rates.

Overall, during 2021, Greece and Croatia were the most successful destinations in terms of tourism, with the latter receiving 1.9 million visitors, 37 percent less than in 2019. In addition, Greece recorded the highest number of overnight stays, which was 19 in cent lower than those at pre-pandemic levels.

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