Eurostat: Freight air transport ‘more resilient’ to Covid pandemic in 2020

NEWS 06.12.2021 17:01
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"Passenger air transport was severely hit by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, and air freight transport decreased too, although far less," Croatian state agency Hina said on Monday, citing figures released by the EU statistics bureau Eurostat.

In 2020, the total number of passengers traveling by air in the EU was 277 million, a decrease of 73% compared with 2019. All member states registered large drops in 2020 compared with 2019. The highest fall was observed for Slovenia (-83%), followed by Slovakia and Croatia (both -82%), with the lowest decrease being observed for Luxembourg (-67%).

In 2020, Paris Charles De Gaulle recorded the highest number of air passengers (22 million), followed by Amsterdam Schiphol (21m) and Frankfurt Main (18.7m). All figures were more than 70% lower than in 2019.

Ljubljana Brnik recorded the sharpest passenger drop (-83.3%), while Sofia Airport recorded the lowest (-60%). Zagreb Franjo Tuđman Airport logged 914,000 passengers, down 73% from 2019.

Freight and mail transport decreased by 9.7% to 12.4 million tonnes.

Domestic and extra-EU freight air transport recorded the most severe decreases, -14.3% and -10.9%, respectively. Intra-EU freight transport dropped by 1.6%. Most member states recorded decreases, Finland the largest (-34.9%), followed by Portugal (-31.5%) and Greece (-30.8%). Croatia’s freight air transport dropped by 29.6% to 7.638 tonnes. Germany registered the highest freight volume at 4.5 million tonnes, down 4% on 2019.

Only five member states transported more freight by air in 2020 than in 2019 – Slovakia (+20.7%), Lithuania (+15.2%), Belgium (+13.4%), Malta (+10%) and Luxembourg (+6%).

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