MIAMI – Corporación América Airports (CAAP), the largest private-sector airport operator in the world by the number of airports (52), reported much higher traffic in May 2021 than that from the pandemic-induced fallout a year ago – but still 73.6% down from the same period in 2019.

Compared to May 2020, passenger traffic jumped 1,279% due to the pandemic drop-off a year ago, the company says in a news release.

Corporación América Airports, operating airports in seven countries on three continents, provides a snapshot of global travel recovery – or lack thereof.

Chart: CAAP

Country Results


The company’s operational results were influenced by national travel restrictions.

  • In Argentina, total passenger traffic increased by 1,201 percent year over year. Compared to May 2019, however, overall passenger traffic declined 86.3% in May 2021.
  • In Italy, passenger traffic grew 5,732 percent year over year. Compared to May 2019, traffic was off 89.8%.
  • In Brazil, total passenger traffic was up 964%. Compared to the same month in 2019, overall passenger traffic declined by 50.8%.
  • Total passenger traffic in Uruguay increased 640% year over year but declined 90.2% when compared to May 2019.
  • In Ecuador, passenger traffic increased 1,702% year over year. When compared to 2019, total traffic fell 56.6%.
  • In Armenia, total passenger traffic increased by 2,015%. Compared to May 2019, passenger traffic declined 23.4%.
  • The company’s Peruvian airports meanwhile saw a 4,713% increase year over year but off 29.6 percent from May 2019.
Brasilia International Airport. Photo: Senado Federal, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Cargo Volume, Aircraft Movements


The company reported that cargo volume increased 93.7% year over year. When compared to May 2019, total cargo volume dropped 25.7% – despite strong growth elsewhere in the world.

Aircraft movements increased 236.2% year over year but slid 54.6% compared to 2019, mainly as a result of a 62.4% decrease in Argentina.


Featured image: Zvartnots International Airport. Photo: Armineaghayan, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons