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Impact of COVID-19 on air passenger transport

To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world have taken a variety of restrictive measures. While the numbers of the first quarter 2020 already showed their significant impact on air transport, the impact in the second quarter is even starker.

Compared with the second quarter of 2019, the number of passengers carried decreased by more than 96% in all 19 EU Member States with available data in the second quarter 2020: Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia and Finland.

The largest decreases in numbers of passengers were observed in Spain (-61.6 million passengers carried, -99%), Germany (-59.1 million, -97%), France (-44.2 million, -97%), Italy (-42.6 million, -98%), the Netherlands (-20.9 million, -96%), Portugal (-15.0 million, -97%), Ireland (-10.3 million, -98%), Austria (-9.2 million, -98%) and Denmark (-9.1 million, -97%).

Eurostat, 15 October 2020