[Travel News] European Air Traffic Is Recovering, But Still Below Pre-Pandemic Level

On average, 30,509 flights per day were registered on the European continent between July 13 and July 19, according to data from the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, or Eurocontrol.

Although there has been improvement compared to last year’s numbers, European aviation traffic was still lower than it was prior to the pandemic. Over the preceding week, just 87% of the 2019 levels were attained.

Ryanair was the busiest of the top ten aircraft operators, with 2,944 flights daily, which is actually a 12% increase from pre-pandemic level.

Besides Ryanair, Turkish Airlines also experienced an increase in their daily flights, though not as high as Ryanair’s number. Turkish Airlines increased its average daily flight operations by 3% to 1,512, compared to the same week in 2019.

EasyJet, Lufthansa, and Air France are the remaining three airlines that made the top five list of aircraft operators with the most flights from July 13 to July 19. Despite averaging more than 1,000 flights daily, none of the three companies were able to recover to their pre-pandemic levels, much less surpassing them like their competitors.

More specifically, when compared to the same week in 2019, EasyJet experienced a 17% decline, Lufthansa 26%, and Air France 20%.

Regarding the countries with the busiest air traffic in the week of July 13-19, according to Eurocontrol, the United Kingdom has been the country to record the most flights, averaging 5,708 flights per day, which was 1% shy of the previous week’s level.

Neck and neck with the Uk is Spain, which averages 5,259 daily flights. After that, Germany came in third place with an average of 4,896 daily flights, then France at 4,478 daily flights, Italy at 4,501 flights. Other countries making up the top ten busiest countries list are Turkey, Greece, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Switzerland.

In addition, Eurocontrol announced the top ten busiest airports: IGA Istanbul, Paris CdG, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Madrid Barajas, Antalya, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, and Munich.

As strikes, high cancellation rates, personnel shortages, and rising demand continue to plague European airports, it was previously stated that travellers' confidence is continuing to erode.

According to ForwardKeys, fewer people are booking flights to Europe in July and August as a result of the inconveniences associated with flying.

Previously, CabinZero has reported many airports going through absurd cancellations, strikes, shaff shortages, and rising passengers. England, Italy, Belgium were among the countries that had its airports negatively impacted.

However, air travel is showing great signs of recovery, bouncing back to 70% of pre-pandemic levels in May.

Khoa Pham

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