46% of people living in the catchment area of Genève Aéroport (French-speaking Switzerland and neighbouring France) declare they already have booked or planned a flight from Geneva by the end of the year. 35% state that they want to travel by the end of 2020, but they haven’t yet decided on a departure date or a destination. According to an online survey conducted among subscribers of Genève Aéroport newsletter, on its Facebook and LinkedIn pages, and among users of the website gva.ch, the desire of travel is strong in French-speaking Switzerland and neighbouring France. 1’732 people responded to the questionnaire between 16 and 30 June 2020.
Only 19% of respondents say they do not want to take a flight from Genève Aéroport by the end of 2020. Among these 19%, fear of COVID-19 is put forward by one in five people.
The reason of the upcoming flight from Genève Aéroport is tourism for almost 2/3 of those surveyed. Around 30% claim they want to visit their family or close relation. Business travels represent only a small proportion of the reasons to fly again (5%).
While 25% of those questioned have planned to travel alone, 65% will travel with their family and 10% with their friends or colleagues.
73% of the destinations planned or booked by the people surveyed are European. Spain, Portugal and France are in the Top 3, ahead of Italy and Greece.
Since 15 June, Portugal is the top destination
The desire to travel and the main destinations revealed in the survey are almost perfectly mirrored in the traffic numbers recorded at Genève Aéroport since the significant resumption of flights on 15 June.
Between 15 June and 14 July 2020, first month of recovery, 191’800 passengers flew to or from Genève Aéroport.
The five most popular destinations are two Portuguese cities, Porto and Lisbon, followed by Frankfurt, Nice and London Heathrow. It is worth noting that Frankfurt and London are mostly destinations to connect with other flights via those hubs.
By country, France slightly overtakes Portugal, followed by Spain, Germany, Italy and Greece. Due to health restrictions, the UK ranks only seventh. Before the COVID-19 crisis, it was the number one destination at Genève Aéroport with almost 20% of the passengers.
As for airlines, the Top 5 of airlines that have carried the most passengers between 15 June and 14 July 2020 consists of EasyJet (39.4%), Swiss (29%), Air France (4.7%), KLM and Brussels Airlines.