Due to the progress of vaccination and the lifting of travel restrictions, the summer period suggested a resumption of tourism as early as June. Summer was true to its word: passenger traffic reached almost 60% of 2019 levels.
Faced with the increase in tourist demand observed during the spring by various airlines, Genève Aéroport was counting on a steady increase in traffic in June, July and August to reach between 50% and 60% of 2019 passenger numbers. The forecasts were realistic as these figures have almost been reached. In fact, line/charter passenger traffic in July was 47% compared to the same period in 2019 and 58% in August. The strongest week was recorded from 2 to 8 August with 219’000 passengers. « It was important for this long-awaited recovery to take place this summer in order to begin a slow return to a more stable situation in 2022 », explains André Schneider, CEO of Genève Aéroport.
The return of airlines
Everything possible has been implemented on the airport platform to ensure that users travel in optimal conditions in terms of health and operations. The range of flights from Geneva has grown for the summer season with approximately one hundred destinations on offer along with the resumption of many direct flights and the return of airlines. Air Canada has indeed resumed operations between Geneva and Montreal since 23 July with three weekly flights and has recorded a high level of passengers. The long-haul network has taken off again. Emirates has strengthened its network with a daily flight to Dubai, while Ethiopian Airlines and Etihad Airways still offer three flights per week to their respective hub.
What are the prospects for the future? Genève Aéroport is counting on a mixed month of September, with expected traffic of around 50% compared to the same period in 2019. « The health environment remains uncertain in this return and we are closely monitoring the travel conditions abroad, especially in Europe and across the Atlantic. Making quantified projections beyond a few weeks remains difficult, especially as reservations are made later and later », says André Schneider.