Airports to lose more than six billion pax by year-end, predicts ACI World

By Luke Barras-hill |

Global airports are forecast to absorb a $111.8 billion hit to revenues in 2020 due to the torturous impacts of Covid-19, Airports Council International (ACI) World has updated.

A fifth economic analysis undertaken by the voice of the world’s airports reveals the industry had expected to accrue around $172 billion this year.

Passenger numbers are projected to drop by more than six billion (-64.2%) by the end of December (versus the pre-Covid forecast for 2020), with Europe and the Middle East tipped to register declines above -70% versus the projected baseline.

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While enjoying a swifter recovery than other regions, Asia Pacific’s airports are still estimated to close 2020 with a decline of -59.2%.

As reported, ACI has said that international passenger traffic is not expected to recover to 2019 levels until 2024 at the earliest.

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In the first half of 2021, global passenger traffic will remain turbulent as vaccines are administered and rolled out, although volumes are forecast to reach 2.2 billion – a 20% decrease compared with the same period year-on-year.

Looking ahead, ACI says it could take up to two decades for global passenger traffic to return to previously projected levels (pre-Covid forecast).

To read the ‘ACI Advisory Bulletin: The impact of Covid-19 on the airport business’, click here.

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