Passenger traffic showing signs of substantial recovery
After 18 challenging months due to the pandemic, and with traffic reaching its lowest point, the last few months demonstrate a substantial recovery which bears hopeful messages for a stable upturn, with the hope that the worst is behind us.
Since the beginning of the pandemic – and during the various lockdowns- at Hermes Airports we have maintained an ongoing and vital communication with the airlines as well as the tourism stakeholders, as air connectivity for an island such as Cyprus is pivotal. Our goal was -and still is- to be collectively proactive instead of reactive, and we acted based on this mindset, to be prepared in all aspects, for the recovery of traffic. It is noteworthy that this summer, despite the ongoing hesitation to travel from a significant portion of the public internationally, 50 airlines operated flights from Cyprus, out of the 70 which were operating flights in 2019, while most of them will continue to operate flights to our country during the winter months.
Stable increase during summer ‘21
The results of the first 8 months of 2021 show that we still have a long way to cover until we reach the pre-pandemic levels, as passenger traffic for the specific period was at 2,511,239, which corresponds to 33% of 2019 (for the respective period). Nonetheless, the performance of the summer period shows more optimistic trends as during August alone, passenger traffic reached 867,104 passengers, approximately 60% of 2019, while in June and July we had 440,944 and 772,136 passengers respectively. Indicative is the fact that last August passenger traffic did not exceed 296,266 (Larnaka Airport: 221,791/ Pafos Airport: 74,475).