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Airport traffic could return to pre-pandemic levels in 2024



This year’s first quarter has already been impacted by increased covid infection rates with demands for flights strongly influenced by pandemic-related measures. Photo: Shutterstock.

This year’s first quarter has already been impacted by increased covid infection rates with demands for flights strongly influenced by pandemic-related measures. Photo: Shutterstock.

Luxembourg Airport registered a 41% increase in passengers compared to 2020 but airport traffic remains some way off pre-pandemic levels with an expected return to previous levels in 2024 at the earliest.

In 2021, 2.01 million passengers passed through Luxembourg Airport, and while that marks a 41% increase compared to 2020 it was still 54% less than in 2019. Cargo on the other hand saw a 19% increase compared to last year with 1.125 million tons, which was the first time that Luxembourg Airport handled over one million tons of cargo in one year.

Although 2021 is a growth year for the airline sector, a recovery to 2019 levels is not expected until 2024 at the earliest. This year’s first quarter has already been impacted by increased covid infection rates with demands for flights strongly influenced by pandemic-related measures.

Despite the challenging period, more than 110 destinations were served from Luxembourg. While the grand duchy’s home carrier Luxair will continue offering three of its newly introduced flight destinations: World metropolis Dubai, Ostseestrandbad Rostock Laage, and Scandinavian Mountain Airport Sälen in Sweden. The airline will also expand further its route network in 2022.