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Air traffic is falling freely: 97 percent fewer passengers last month

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This is evident from figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Due to the corona measures and travel restrictions, international air traffic has been virtually silent since the end of March.

First quarter

In January and February of this year, the number of air passengers was almost the same as in the same months last year, but then the free fall started. In March, the number of travelers dropped by 56 percent from a year earlier. In April and May, the number of passengers was more than 97 percent less than in the same months last year.

This not only concerns Schiphol, but also the airports of Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Eindhoven Airport, Groningen Airport and Maastricht Aachen Airport.

Small airports are extinct

Of the 220,000 passengers who traveled through a Dutch airport last month, the vast majority (207,800) came via Schiphol. As in April, air traffic was virtually silent at the airports of Groningen, Rotterdam and Maastricht.

Due to the corona crisis, the number of occupied airplane seats on passenger flights also declined. In January and February this year, 76 percent of the seats were occupied, in April this was only 29 percent. The half-empty devices have not yet disappeared from the sky. Last month, the occupancy rate on passenger flights also did not exceed 37 percent.

The amount of cargo transported by air also decreased, but much less rapidly than the passenger numbers. In total, aircraft transported 117,000 tons of goods, which is about 18 percent less than a year earlier.

Air France-KLM

Due to the sharp decrease in the number of passengers, airlines have been in serious financial difficulties. Air France-KLM, among others, receives support from the Dutch and French governments.

Friday it was announced that KLM Receive EUR 3.4 billion in emergency support in the form of a loan and loan guarantees. For this, the Dutch airline must cut costs by 15 percent, with many jobs also expected to be lost.

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