U.S. exceeds 1 million airline passengers screened on October 18th

For the first time since March this year, over one million airline passengers were screened on Sunday, October 18, though the exact total of 1.03 million still saw a 60% reduction in passenger numbers when compared to the same period last year. While 1.26 million passengers were screened on March 16, that figure dropped to a low of 87,000 for one single day in April. U.S. carriers are currently burning through cash at a rate of US$5 billion each month and since the previous payroll program ceased on September 30, there has been little sign of Congress approving a US$25 billion Read more

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Fraport traffic figures still low in September

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In September 2020, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) served some 1.1 million passengers – an 82.9% decline compared to the same month last year. Cumulative traffic at FRA during the January-to-September 2020 period fell by 70.2%. The low passenger demand resulted from persisting travel restrictions and the uncertainties for travel planning in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.   Aircraft movements at Frankfurt Airport decreased by 63.7% year-on-year to 16,940 takeoffs and landings in September 2020. Accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) contracted by 61.7% to about 1.1 million metric tons. Cargo throughput, comprising airfreight and airmail, dipped by only 5.0% year-on-year to Read more

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Finnair publishes traffic figures for September 2020

In September, Finnair carried 115,500 passengers, which is 91.0% less than in the corresponding period of 2019 and 40.1% less than in August 2020. The COVID-19 impact, including the exceptionally strict travel restrictions imposed by Finland, still affected all passenger traffic figures. It was visible especially in the North Atlantic figures (no scheduled flights in September) and, compared to August, also in European figures. The overall capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometers (ASKs) decreased in September by 87.6% year-on-year. Finnair operated 83 daily flights (cargo-only included) on average which was 21.8% compared to September 2019. The differences between capacity figures Read more

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IATA downgrades traffic forecast even further to reflect poor August demand

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The International Air Transport Association has downgraded its 2020 traffic forecast from down 63% to down 66% when compared to 2019 traffic volume on the back of poor August figures that have reflected a weaker-than expected recovery from the effects of the global pandemic. August revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) were down 75.3% when compared to August 2019, only a marginal improvement for the July figure of a 79.5% contraction. While domestic markets are outperforming international ones in terms of recovery, August capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) was still down 63.8% compared to a year ago, and load factor plunged Read more

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Domodedovo Airport welcomes 4.7 million passengers during summer 2020

Moscow Domodedovo Airport served 4.7 million passengers in June-August 2020. Holiday-related traffic grew 7% year-on-year up to 1.8 million passengers, with Simferopol, Sochi, Saint Petersburg, Anapa and Kaliningrad being the most popular destinations. Sochi, Kaliningrad, Gelendzhik, Makhachkala and Rostov-on-Don were key growth drivers among domestic destinations. Passenger traffic on the mentioned routes reached 968,000 people, a 46% year-over-year rise. International air traffic is still being impacted by COVID-19. Just 220,000 international passengers went through the gates at Moscow Domodedovo Airport during the summer season.

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U.S. Airline July 2020 passengers decrease 73% from July 2019 but rise 30% from June 2020

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U.S. airlines carried 73% fewer scheduled service passengers in July 2020 than in July 2019, according to preliminary data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 18 airlines that carry more than 90% of its passengers. Despite the large annual drop from pre-pandemic numbers a year earlier when compared to the previous month U.S. airlines carried 30% more passengers in July 2020 than in June 2020. The 73% decline from July 2019 was the smallest annual decrease since March. The large airlines carried 21.4 million passengers in July 2020 (preliminary), up from 16.5 million passengers on all U.S. Read more

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Finnair carries 32.9% more passengers in August than in July

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In August, Finnair carried 193,000 passengers, which is 85.8% less than in the corresponding period of 2019 but 32.9% more than in July 2020. The overall capacity (ASK) decreased in August by 84.1% year-on-year. Finnair operated 116 daily flights (cargo-only included) on average, which was 31.8% lower when compared to August 2019. The differences between capacity figures are explained by the shorter operated flights on average and by smaller operated aircraft compared to August 2019. Finnair’s traffic decreased by 92.4%. The passenger load factor decreased by 45.1% points to 41.7%. The COVID-19 impact, including the strict travel restrictions imposed by Read more

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IATA releases data for global air freight markets in July, showing stable air cargo demand

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for global air freight markets in July showing air cargo demand is stable but at lower levels than 2019. While there is some month-to-month improvement, it is at a slower pace than some of the traditional leading indicators would suggest. This is due to the capacity constraint from the loss of available belly cargo space as passenger aircraft remain parked.   Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs), fell by 13.5% in July (-15.5% for international operations) compared to the previous year. That is a modest improvement from the 16.6% year-on-year Read more

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COVID-19 impact worsening within Europe warns IATA

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is urging governments to get together and lift border restrictions as well as finding alternatives to quarantine measures if further economic damage is to be avoided. Despite a more recent increase in air traffic over the last months, helped by the reopening of borders between Schengen and non-Schengen EU states, overall volume is down 50% year on year and overall, for 2020, passenger numbers are expected to fall by 60% year on year. The threat of an anticipated second wave of the pandemic has led to further uncertainty and while passenger numbers are anticipated Read more

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