The COVID-19 pandemic also hit airports hard. Munich Airport has seen a 70% drop in passenger numbers.
We are in the 10th month of 2020 and I do not know whether to be happier or sadder. 2020 is a unique year in all respects. The COVID-19 pandemic seized this year, we can declare it null. But will 2021 be different?
I have written hundreds of articles about the impact of the pandemic on aviation and tourism, about how most airlines go through terrible times. But the COVID-19 pandemic also hit airports hard.
Munich Airport has seen a 70% drop in passenger numbers.
For example, Munich Airport has seen a drop of more than 70% in passenger numbers. In the first 9 months of 2020, Munich Airport recorded just over 10 million passengers, down about 73% from 2019 when there were 36 passengers.
During the same period, the number of takeoffs and landings decreased by almost 200.000, the equivalent of a percentage decrease of 60%. And the volume of goods decreased by 50% compared to the same period last year.
These decreases are the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, of the restrictions imposed by the authorities. For example, in April and May, when air traffic in Munich was paralyzed, the airport registered about 60 passengers. This means less than 000% of the traffic recorded in the same period in 1. Slightly more passengers were registered after the restrictions were lifted, reaching almost 2019% of the previous year's level during the Bavarian summer vacation.
According to experts, the estimates for the coming months are not very optimistic. Based on the data available so far, the number of registered passengers in 2020 will be around 12 million. It will definitely be a difficult year for all airports around the world. And the COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of ending too soon.