Update

EUROCONTROL aviation network update

A second week-on-week dip in air traffic saw -1.3% fewer movements in Week 3 of 2023, with 21,444 average daily flights in the European aviation network for the 7-day period (Monday 16-Sunday 22 January).

That brought traffic across the European aviation network to 84% of 2019 over the 7 days (Mon 16-Sun 22 January), although still at 86% of 2019 for the period 1-21 January.

This translated into similar or slightly less traffic across most top 10 States, airlines and airports, with however some growth exceptions.

Two States were up on Week 2, Switzerland +7% in 9th place, and 8th place Norway with +3% more flights.

Overall, Week 2 traffic stood at 86% of 2019, with the whole of January so far at 88%.

And there was a change in the top 3, as Germany moved into 2nd place despite being -1% vs Week 2, and with traffic only at 69% of the same period in 2019. Spain went down 1 place to 3rd after a -3% traffic decline vs Week 2, but conversely remained close to pre-pandemic levels at 93% of 2019.

Among the top 10 airlines, just 2 added flights vs Week 2: SAS recording another week-on-week increase of +4% (now at 74% of 2019), while 2nd place Turkish flew +2% more flights and is above pre-pandemic levels at 102% of 2019. Leader Ryanair was almost unchanged with 2,183 daily flights, just 4 fewer than Week 2 and 114% of 2019. The other carriers were all down, -2% to -5% at 6 of the other top 10 airlines, and one – easyJet – operating at -11%, their 755 daily flights just 63% of 2019 flight levels.

Traffic was slightly down -1% to -4% in 7 of the top 10 airports. In the others, at the top Istanbul iGA was marginally above Week 2 by 1 daily flight (1,240 in Week 3), while Zurich returned to the top 10 in 9th with the largest week-on-week growth of +11%. The other airport to add flights - Istanbul’s other big airport, Sabiha Gökçen, was +3% vs Week 2 but slipped to 10th behind Zurich.

Top 3 States: daily flights, week-on-week change, % of pre-pandemic traffic

  1. UK: 4,058 daily flights | -1% | 84% of 2019
  2. Germany: 3,342 daily flights | -1% | 69% of 2019
  3. Spain: 3,279 daily flights | -3% | 93% of 2019

Top 3 airlines: daily flights, week-on-week change, % of pre-pandemic traffic

  1. Ryanair: 2,183 daily flights | 0% | 86% of 2019
  2. Turkish: 1,298 daily flights | +2% | 102% of 2019
  3. Lufthansa: 898 daily flights | -5% | 68% of 2019

Top 3 airports: daily flights, week-on-week change, % of pre-pandemic traffic

  1. Istanbul iGA: 1,240 daily arrivals/departures | 0% | n/a
  2. London Heathrow: 1,126 daily arrivals/departures | -2% | 93% of 2019
  3. Paris CDG: 1,059 daily arrivals/departures | -3% | 88% of 2019

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