How some airports have returned to pre-crisis traffic levels

In our monthly check-in with the Cirium team, we learn how some global gateways have been able to return to pre-crisis traffic levels

Airlines around the world remain in flux because of the ever-changing restrictions and measures being implemented country by country, especially where cases of the Delta variant are fluctuating. This not only places pressure on operations but also on travel confidence.

International travel has still to pick up speed. In fact, in the last week of August 2021, passenger flights scheduled from the UK to the US were 73% down versus the same period in 2019, prior to the onset of COVID-19. In contrast, domestic markets are experiencing a much faster recovery and are approaching levels last seen some 14 months ago.

This recovery boom in domestic air travel has generated a surge of traffic at airports. Analysis of airport schedules data from the Cirium Core data hub shows that some gateways are even busier now than they were before the pandemic.

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