Flughafen Wien Group announces recovery in passenger volume

The company, which owns and operates Vienna, Malta and Kosice airports, handled 926,278 travelers last month 

Flughafen Wien Group’s passenger activity in June improved considerably ahead of the upcoming holiday season, the company has revealed.   

While visitor numbers across the three hubs were down by 75.4% compared to June 2019, last month represented a significant improvement on May’s statistics.  

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Vienna (VIE), the organisation’s busiest airport, handled more than 723,000 alone during this period as it continues to serve as a major gateway to central Europe. 

The decline in cargo transfer is also weakening, with 21,708 tonnes arriving and departing VIE across the 30 days - equaling a narrow 2.0% shortfall compared to pre-pandemic data. 

However, its passenger departures to western Europe still fell by 75.1%, whereas the number of people flying to eastern Europe diminished by 68.1%. Malta also saw its traffic decrease by 73.6% in June, whilst Kosice registered a 83.0% downturn. 

As international travel resumes across the continent in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis, customer volume is set to improve significantly for the company throughout summer 2021.  

“After a long period of decreasing passenger figures due to the worldwide pandemic, we are seeing a growth in passenger numbers - at least on a low level,” said Peter Kleemann, FWG’s spokesperson. “For this summer (June, July and August) we hope to reach up to 50% of the pre-crisis passenger numbers.” 

He added: “Aviation is still the safest way to travel. Aircraft are equipped with modern ventilation systems and passengers have to follow the rules of wearing a mask at the airport as well as in the aircraft cabin. Passengers are going to be checked at arrival and due to locator forms, possible contacts are easy to identify in terms of infections.”