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Four times more air passengers than the same period last year

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Status: 07/29/2022 10:54 a.m.

After two years of the pandemic, people want to travel again. Even before the current summer chaos, the number of passengers at German airports had increased significantly. However, the pre-crisis level has not yet been reached.

Many industry representatives did not expect such a massive recovery in air traffic: according to current figures from the Federal Statistical Office, 64.4 million passengers passed through the main German airports in the past first six months of the year. This is around four times more than in the first half of 2021.

215% more passengers in June

The rush to German airports was particularly strong in June. Around 16.3 million passengers were counted at Germany’s 23 largest airports, 215% more than in May. Pentecost in particular gave a taste of the chaos that many German airports are currently experiencing: from hour-long queues to suitcases arriving late. In June, Frankfurt airport operator Fraport recorded the strongest month since the start of the corona pandemic.

However, the industry has not yet fully recovered from the Corona crisis. Neither in the first six months of this year nor in June was the pre-pandemic level reached. In the first half of 2019, a third of additional passengers were recorded.

Air freight above pre-corona level

The situation is different with air freight. Here, the pre-crisis value was significantly exceeded in the first six months of the year. The volume handled in Germany increased by 7.6% to 2.5 million tonnes compared to 2019. Compared to the same period of the previous year, however, this is a decrease of 3.4% . The corona shutdowns in China and the blockage of Russian airspace following the war in Ukraine weighed on the air cargo industry.

It is uncertain whether air passenger numbers will return to pre-pandemic levels this summer. Airline and airport officials had so far adjusted to the fact that the pre-corona value would not be reached until 2024 or 2025 at the earliest. Ralph Beisel, managing director of airport industry ADV, recently said he expects 80% of pre-crisis levels for the summer holidays this year.

Source www.tagesschau.de

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