Portuguese airports handle 3.9 million passengers in August

  • ECO News
  • 19 October 2021

National airports welcomed 3.9 million passengers in August, up 76% compared to last year. Still, the figures remain below the pre-pandemic level.

The country’s airports received a total of 3.9 million passengers in August 2021, equivalent to a 76.3% rise compared to the same month last year. However, the figures are still around 40% below the pre-pandemic level.

According to the rapid statistics of air transport, released on Tuesday by Statistics Portugal (INE), In August, 17.4 thousand aircraft landed at national airports on commercial flights, 39.9% more than in the same period, which transported 3.9 million people.

Freight and mail movements totalled 16.1 thousand tonnes in August, 55.3% more compared to the same month last year. Compared to August 2019, freight and mail movement decreased by 5.2%.

Between January and August 2021, compared to the same period in 2020, 12.2 million passengers were handled, equivalent to a drop of 9.2%. Lisbon airport handled 44.9% of total passengers (5.5 million) and registered a decrease of 22.3%.

In this period, considering the three airports with the highest annual traffic, Faro airport registered an increase in the movement of passengers (1.5 million; +3.8%), although is still far from the recorded value in the same period in 2019 (6.3 million passengers, representing a decrease of 76.3%).

France was the main country of origin and destination of flights, followed, with a significantly smaller volume of passengers, by the United Kingdom and Germany.