European airports received 49.3 percent fewer travelers in July this year than in July 2019, when the corona pandemic had not yet broken out.

This is reported by industry association ACI Europe on Friday.

Schiphol is one of the better performing airports in the first half of 2021. The Dutch airport is in fifth place.

Compared to the full second quarter, July was already much better.

Then 74 percent fewer people in Europe took the plane than before the corona crisis.

And compared to a year ago, the number of travelers doubled.

Aviation therefore seems to be gradually climbing out of the corona valley.

According to ACI Europe, this has a lot to do with the introduction of the corona pass and the relaxation of travel rules in many countries.

Most people arrived or departed from airports in Romania in July.

Romanian airports had 32.6 percent fewer visitors than before corona.

The worst was in the United Kingdom, where 81.2 percent fewer passengers came.

Over the entire first half of 2021, Istanbul airport performed best with 34.7 percent fewer travelers, followed by Antalya (-27.9 percent) and Moscow (-30.4 percent).

In fourth place comes Charles de Gaulle Airport near Paris (-54.9 percent).

Schiphol completes the top five with 58.9 percent fewer passengers.

For August, ACI Europe expects passenger traffic to pick up to 43 percent fewer passengers than before the corona crisis.