National airports fell by 79.5% in July. Faro was the most affected- INE

National airports fell by 79.5% in July. Faro was the most affected- INE


National airports registered a recovery in passenger movements, even with a year-on-year drop of 79.5% in July, to 1.3 million, after 94.6% in June, the INE reported today.

According to the fast air transport statistics for July, the movement of passengers at national airports recovered in July, but it is "still far from the same values", says the National Statistics Institute (INE).

The country's airports registered, in the month under analysis, the movement of 1.3 million passengers (boardings, arrivals and direct transits), which represents a year-on-year drop of 79.5%, after decreases of 94.6% in June and 98.5% in May.

In July, nine thousand aircraft landed on commercial flights at national airports, which represents a decrease of 61.8% compared to the same month last year, after decreases of 86% in June and 92.3% in May.

“Analyzing the number of aircraft landed and the number of passengers disembarked daily between January and July 2020, and comparing with the same period, the impact of the covid-19 pandemic and the measures adopted at the level of airspace from the beginning of the second half of the month of March ”, points the INE.

As of July, the entity observed a “slight recovery”, although there were still reductions of more than 50% in the number of landings and 70% in the number of passengers disembarked.

With regard to the first half of the year, 55,100 commercial aircraft landed at national airports, which corresponds to 58.4% less than in the same period of the previous year.

In the same period, 11.2 million passengers were handled, a drop of 67.3%.

Lisbon airport handled 55% of total passengers (6.2 million) and recorded a decrease of 65.2%.

Faro with the biggest national break

Faro airport, on the other hand, showed the greatest decrease in the number of passengers handled between January and July, with a fall of 79.8%, when considering the three airports with the highest passenger traffic in Portugal.

As for the volume of passengers disembarked and embarked on international flights, in the first six months of the year, France was the main country of origin and destination for these flights, followed by the United Kingdom, which recorded the greatest reduction in the number of passengers disembarked and embarked ( decreases of 74.9% and 73.9%, respectively).

Spain and Germany remained in third and fourth place in the list of main countries of origin and destination and Switzerland replaced Brazil in the fifth position.

In relation to the movement of cargo and mail at national airports, in July, there were 9.6 thousand tons, corresponding to a decrease of 47.8%, compared to July 2019 (it had fallen 54.1% in June and 55, 5% in May).

Between January and July, there was a decrease of 31.1% in the movement of cargo and mail, reaching 80.7 thousand tons.

The movement of goods at the Lisbon airport represented 65.2% of the total, reaching 52.7 thousand tons, a decrease of 38.2% over the same period.

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