Air traffic

Air traffic up 39%

Portuguese airports welcomed 24.8 million passengers in 2021, a figure 39% higher than in 2020, but 58% lower than in 2019, before the pandemic.

According to a press release from Vinci, “in Portugal, airport traffic returned in the fourth quarter of 2021 to a level equivalent to 73% of the traffic in the same quarter of 2019 (3.2 times more than in the fourth quarter of 2020), with either an increase of almost 19 points compared to the previous quarter”.

According to data published by Vinci, Lisbon airport closed 2021 with just over 12.1 million passengers, an increase of 31% compared to 2020 and a decrease of 61% compared to 2019. In the case of Porto, last year it welcomed 5.8 million passengers, 32% more than in the same period and 55% less than in 2019.

Faro, with 3.2 million passengers, recorded an increase compared to 2020 of 48% and a reduction compared to 2019 of 64%. Around two million passengers passed through Madeira, an increase of 73% year-on-year and a reduction of 40% compared to 2019. Finally, passenger movement in the Azores was 1.6 million passengers, which is 80% more than in 2020 and 34 percent less than in 2019.

According to the group, “the number of connecting passengers with the main European capitals increased particularly in October and November during the autumn holidays”, with “the pace of recovery showing some signs of slowing down towards the end of the year , due to the fifth wave of the pandemic”.

Data revealed by the company also shows a total of 239,671 commercial movements at domestic airports in 2021, a 31% year-on-year increase and a 44% reduction from 2019.

Vinci pointed out that “after very encouraging results in October and November” the end of the year “was marked by a resurgence of the pandemic in certain countries due to the appearance of the Omicron variant”.

“However, unlike the situation at the end of 2020, governments have not imposed such restrictive travel restrictions, preferring to rely on screening and high vaccination rates in most countries,” the company said. , noting that “the recovery in passenger traffic continued in the fourth quarter of 2021 at most network airports”.