The number of flights in European air traffic has nearly halved since the outbreak, according to a forecast published on the Eurocontrol website.
6.1 million flights were canceled in Europe last year, and the number of flights decreased from 11.1 million in 2019 to 55 million.
The average for the last seven days of the year was 62.4% lower than in 2019. Based on this, Eurocontrol predicts that the number of flights in 2021 will be 51% from 2019, 5.64 million. In the first months of this year, the number of flights may be 50-60 percent less than it was in 2019, but it will start increasing in the rest of the year, according to MTI.
The highest turnover was recorded in August of last year,
Just 49.0 percent less than the previous year. The decrease in traffic caused 56.2 billion euros in revenue losses for airlines, airports and related service providers and a loss of 191,000 jobs.
The number of flights within Europe decreased by 54 per cent and traffic connecting Europe to the rest of the world by 69 per cent last year. The number of discount airline flights decreased by 62 percent and the number of flights by national airlines decreased by 59 percent.
Among the major markets, the number of flights in Great Britain in 2020 decreased by 1.3 million, 61 percent compared to the previous year, in Germany by 1.2 million, 56 percent, in Spain 1.0 million, 61 percent in France, 0.9 million, 54 In Italy, 0.8 million 60 percent. In Hungary, traffic is down 60 percent, with 79 arriving and departing daily.
51 percent of the European carriers’ fleet of 8,048 aircraft in 2019, with 4,118 aircraft decommissioned in 2020.