European airports now only hope to return to their pre-pandemic passenger levels in 2025, their organization announced on Wednesday citing passenger traffic, which should remain 64% below 2019 levels this year.
ACI Europe, which brings together more than 500 airports in 46 countries of the old continent, has so far seen a 52% drop in passenger numbers in two years to 2021, and a return to pre-Kovid-19 levels in 2024 Is forecast.
Therefore, the current year will hardly be worse for European airports than in 2020, which saw a 70.4% drop in traffic levels in 1995, according to ACI Europe data published in February.
According to a press release released on Wednesday, this pessimism was overshadowed by the results of the first quarter of 2021: passenger traffic lost 81.7%, or nearly 400 million, compared to the same period two years earlier.
The scenario is even more desolate for the region of the European Union, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, where the decline reached 88% (the average is particularly noted, for the scope of ACI Europe, from the activity of equipment Turks and Russians, Affected by reduced travel restrictions). “These figures show that the crisis has not only ended, but has worsened for airports since the beginning of the year”Olivier Jancovec, CEO of ACI Europe, cited in the press release noted.
For him, “The financial resilience of European airports is weakening day by day. We need to start recovering this summer and look forward to seeing vaccination to finally improve the state of the pandemic”.