In the conditions of the Ukrainian crisis and the closed Russian skies, European aviation recorded an unprecedented boom in demand for air travel and tourism. Such data follows from the message of the European organization for the safety of air navigation Eurocontrol.
The report specified that the number of flights increased during the tenth week since the beginning of the year, despite ongoing events in Ukraine. The data showed that the continent registered more than 20,000 flights per day in the second decade of March. This means that the number of flights during the tenth week reached more than 70% of the total number registered in pre-Covid 2019.
“Despite the terrible crisis in Ukraine, in the tenth week, traffic was over 20,000 flights per day, which is 73.6 percent of 2019; figures are lowered due to snowfall in Turkey,” said Eamon Brennan, CEO of Eurocontrol, on his official Twitter account.
In addition to the above, during their due diligence, analysts found that no traffic from Ukraine was registered in Moldova, a neighboring country.
As for the overall activity within the EU, it was noted that low-cost airlines continue to operate with increased capacity.
Following the easing of anti-COVID restrictions, the number of flights around the world, especially those operating within the EU, has increased significantly. The ranking of the airlines is as follows:
- Of all the EU operators, the Irish airline Ryanair was the busiest. Over the past week, the airline has operated an average of 217 flights per day, up ten percent from the same pre-pandemic period in 2019.
- Ryanair was followed by British low-cost carrier EasyJet.
- Then Turkish airlines, with an average of 849 flights over the past week.
- French Air France, with an average of 836 flights.
- German Lufthansa averages 808 flights.
- Dutch airline KLM averages 622 flights.
The top five countries with the most air travel are:
- Due to the easing of tourism measures in Germany, the largest number of departures and arrivals was recorded. During the tenth week, the country received an average of 3,425 flights.
- Spain came in second in terms of departures/arrivals with an average of 3,280 flights.
- France had an average of 3,221 flights.< /li>
- In Italy, 2.341.
- In the Netherlands, 1257.
Also included in the top ten countries that registered the most flights during the week in question were Norway, Switzerland and Portugal.
With regard to flights between EU countries and non-EU countries, experts explained that due to the closure airspace, countries and operators had to reroute their flights. This has predictably increased flight times, especially for flights between Helsinki (Finland) and Tokyo (Japan).
In addition, mutual air sanctions have increased the flight time between countries on two different continents by almost five hours. A striking example is the Helsinki-Tokyo route. Travel time increased by 286 minutes (nearly five hours). In addition, the flight time between Helsinki (Finland) and Beijing (China) has increased by almost four hours, and between Paris (France) and Tokyo (Japan) by two and a half hours.
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