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Europe’s airport traffic falls -98% in May but “some light at the end of the tunnel” says ACI

Airports Council International (ACI) Europe has said that a slow recovery in air traffic looks set to begin this month, but warned that it will take time amid a changed world for aviation. It also hit out at the “blunt instrument” of mandatory quarantines for incoming travelers, such as the UK has adopted.

Passenger traffic at Europe’s airports fell by -98% year-on-year in May, to around 4.3 million across over 500 locations.

Director General Olivier Jankovec said: “With well over half a billion passengers lost so far this year and still no revenues coming in, Europe’s airports are anxiously waiting for travel restrictions to be lifted and airlines to resume operations. With the epidemic now de-escalating in many countries and a plan to allow for intra-European travel – at least within the Schengen area – by the end of the month, we are finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.”

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