Recovery in August

German airports still have to make up leeway

Recovery at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER): the third-largest German airport registered more than 1.4 million passengers in August.
Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg
Recovery at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER): the third-largest German airport registered more than 1.4 million passengers in August.

Germany's airports are still a long way from the traffic levels of the pre-Corona era. Just under 11.8 million passengers were handled in August – 52.2% less than 24 months earlier, but still significantly more than in August 2020.

"The recovery trend is continuing," says the German Airports Association (ADV). In July, 9.9 million air travellers had been counted, in August it was 11.8 million – 93.8% more than in the same month last year.

According to the ADV, Turkey and Greece are the top holiday destinations in the travel summer of 2021. Spain, on the other hand, did not perform as well as originally expected due to the new travel warning issued at the beginning of August.

Biggest boost from European flights

Aviation in Germany again received the biggest boost from European flights. A total of 9.3 million passengers were handled in this segment – in comparison: in the same month last year only 4.9 million passengers were handled.

Only just under 1.4 million passengers used intercontinental flights in August – more than four times as many as in the same month last year, but two-thirds fewer than in 2019. A further recovery in air traffic in autumn 2021 will depend heavily on business travel, as tourist demand traditionally declines significantly from September onwards.
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