Air traffic: number of passengers below pre-corona level

Status: 11/30/2022 12:10 p.m

The number of passengers in Germany more than doubled between April and October. However, it was still well below the pre-corona level.

More people took off from Germany’s airports in the summer of 2022 than in 2021. In view of the decreasing corona concerns, the number of air travelers in Germany more than doubled during the summer flight schedule. From April to October, the number of passengers rose by 108.7 percent compared to the same period last year to around 59.0 million, as reported by the Federal Statistical Office.

Demand for flights abroad grew particularly strongly: 54.6 million passengers were counted. That was 28.7 million or 111.0 percent more than during the 2021 summer flight schedule, which was still heavily influenced by pandemic-related travel restrictions. Air traffic within Germany also increased, but with an increase of 84.2 percent to 4.46 million passengers, it was weaker than international traffic.

Despite the rapid growth, the pre-corona level has not yet been reached again: in the summer of 2019, 70.4 million passengers traveled abroad and 11.6 million flew within Germany. In comparison, the number of passengers on domestic German connections was 4.46 million, almost 62 percent below the value before the pandemic. Around 22.5 percent fewer people flew in international traffic.

The most important destination is the USA

Especially in the direction of Asia, airlines are still offering significantly fewer flights than before the pandemic, because there some very strict anti-corona measures restrict freedom of travel. The most important intercontinental destination this year was the USA, which attracted more than three times as many passengers as in 2021.

In European air traffic, Spain, with almost nine million passengers, was the most popular summer travel destination for German passengers, ahead of Turkey and Italy. In addition, Turkey and Greece were significantly more popular with German air tourists than before the pandemic.

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