Dutch airports saw two-thirds fewer passengers last year than before the pandemic

2022-05-03 0 By

The Dutch airline industry has clearly yet to recover from last year’s coronavirus pandemic.A total of 29 million passengers passed through the Netherlands’ five largest airports last year, more than two-thirds less than in 2019, the year before the coronavirus spread globally.Airports are indeed busier than they were in the first year of the pandemic, according to the Dutch Central Statistics Office.The number of air passengers increased by nearly a quarter in 2021 compared with 2020, when international flights were virtually impossible for a long time.Passenger aircraft occupancy rates are also better in 2021 than a year ago.Schiphol, the largest airport in the Netherlands, saw a 22 percent increase in the number of passengers flying in and out compared to 2020.Other airports have seen a stronger recovery.At Eindhoven airport, the number of passengers increased by 28 percent, and at Groningen Elder airport, the number of passengers increased by 55.5 percent.Problems caused by absence No planes were able to take off or land at Maastricht aachen airport in the Netherlands for parts of the weekend because of a number of cases among air traffic controllers that needed to be quarantined.The Dutch Air Traffic Control (LVNL) was unable to schedule a number of air traffic management services and cancelled them.Maikel van Leeuwen, air traffic controller and station manager at LVNL Maastricht Aachen airport, told L1: “We worked a lot on the schedule and this weekend was the only one where we couldn’t get a solution.By adjusting our services, we ensure that air traffic is handled safely.”There are just 13 air traffic controllers at the regional airport.LVNL expects that duty schedules will have to be adjusted more frequently to determine when flights take off.