MIAMI – Corporación América Airports, the largest private airport operator in the world by the number of facilities, reported an 80.8% drop in passenger traffic through the month of October 2020 in a year-over-year comparison, business portal Business Wire reported on November 13.
According to the portal, the decline in traffic reflected “the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on air travel, although showing a slight sequential improvement from the 84.1% and 88.8% declines reported in September and August, respectively.”
Domestic traffic has decreased 80 percent, while international traffic had a higher reduction, with a total of 89.8 percent.
Travel Restrictions Still Affecting Operations
In most countries that Corporación América operates, travel restrictions are still in place.
In Argentina, per the portal, “total passenger traffic declined 97.8% YoY, reflecting the impact of air travel bans implemented in mid-March by the Government that remained in place most part of the month.” The international traffic decline of 95.3% is “a sequential improvement from the 97.1% decline in September, while domestic passenger traffic dropped 98.9% YoY, still reflecting low volumes as travel bans on domestic travel were partially lifted on October 22, restricted to essential workers or specific work or health-related reasons.”
In Italy, total passenger traffic declined 97.8%, still as a result of low demand and travel restrictions to certain regions affected by COVID-19 outbreaks. International traffic fell 87.8 percent, and the domestic one, 55.1 percent. Traffic in Brazil had a smaller decline, with 45.8%, “showing a continued sequential improvement from the 52.6 percent drop in September,” the portal said.
Furthermore, domestic passenger traffic, per the portal, had a decline of 43.1%, “resulting from a steady recovery in passenger demand.” International traffic, however, “dropped 96.3%, mainly driven by low demand,” the portal stated. Traffic in Uruguay declined by 92.1%.
Commercial operations in the nation restarted at the beginning of July, although Uruguayan borders remain closed to non-resident foreigners, with certain exemptions, with a travel demand that is still weak in the country. Moreover, passenger traffic in Ecuador declined 70.3%, an improvement from the 80.1% decline reported in September.
Finally in Armenia, “while air travel bans were lifted during September, certain restrictions still apply and passenger demand remains low resulting in a passenger traffic drop of 86.5% during the month.”
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