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Aci Europe (2): the air connectivity report reveals incomplete and imbalanced recovery

On the eve of its 33rd Annual Congress and General Assembly- ATTACHMENT

On the eve of its 33rd Annual Congress and General Assembly, ACI EUROPE is today publishing the latest edition of the Airport Industry Connectivity Report, the definitive barometer of air connectivity. The report is based on the connectivity indexes developed by SEO Amsterdam Economics - the most comprehensive and complete tool for measuring and ranking an airport’s connectivity.

 The Report for 2023 shows that air connectivity is lagging behind the recovery of passenger volumes. It also reveals how post-COVID recovery patterns are impacting not just the aviation market, but also the passengers and communities for whom connectivity serves mobility needs and delivers significant economic and social benefits. These post-COVID recovery patterns are shaping the connectivity performance of both national markets and individual airports, and they are driving structural changes with significant divergences between direct and indirect / hub connectivity.

Total air connectivity still not recovered more than three years after pandemic began

European total air connectivity, meaning combined direct and indirect connectivity, is still down -16% compared to pre-pandemic (2019) levels. This means that travellers from European airports continue to see fewer options – whilst the increase in air fares is more than 6 times above consumer price inflation.

A direct comparison with recovery in air passenger traffic shows connectivity significantly lagging behind, with European passenger traffic currently at -7.6% against pre-pandemic levels.

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The integral version of the report (four pages) is attached to this AVIONEWS

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