Air traffic

Netherlands: air traffic has quintupled this year, reaching 10.1 million passengers

In the first three months of the year, Dutch airports saw an increase in air traffic, with passenger numbers quintupling from 40,700 to 91,600.

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the volume of air cargo fell by almost 11% in the first quarter of 2022. In addition, in the first two months the airports handled 2.8 and three million passengers, which is relatively higher than the same rate in 2021, when 910,000 and 520,000 passengers were reported, respectively, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

In addition, there were 4.2 million passengers in March alone, indicating that 3.6 million more than the corresponding period in 2021 and almost 1.5 million more than in March 2020 , when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.

Although the aviation industry is recovering as countries ease travel restrictions, commercial air traffic remains below pre-pandemic levels, as 73% fewer flights were operated in the first quarter of the year. The number of inbound and outbound flights averaged 47,000 per month in 2019 and 2019; this barely reached 4,800 in April 2020 and 37,300 in August 2021.

According to the airports, in 2020 and 2021, an increase in air cargo traffic was seen at Maastricht Aachen Airport. However, this airport recorded the smallest decreases compared to 2019, 85 and 92%, respectively.

The number of flights has dropped significantly at Groningen-Eelde Airport as these numbers have dropped by more than 80% over the two years. At Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, commercial traffic almost halved in 2020 and 2021; however, in the first quarter it was 72%, close to 2019 levels.

Specifically, commercial air traffic during the first quarter of 2022 varied, as shown in the following list:

  • Amsterdam-Schiphol (7,199)
  • Rotterdam the Hague (7,564)
  • Eindhoven (8,897)
  • Mastricht Aachen (9,546)
  • Groningen Eelde (3,629)

The volume of air cargo fluctuated less during the periods 2019 and 2022, as it amounted to 1.80 million tonnes in 2021. Over the past two and a half decades, it only increased in 2017 (1.84 million) and in 2018 (1.82 million).

As CBS reveals, 33% of all air cargo transport during this period was to and from China and the United States.

The Netherlands and non-EU European countries accounted for 12,900 tonnes transported to and from Russia, representing almost 34% of the total volume. Russia was followed by Turkey with 10.7 thousand tons.