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The Italian CAA (ENAC) Releases Data on Air Traffic in 2020

L2b Aviation member Giulio Teofilatto, with Studio Pierallini, discusses the Italian Civil Aviation Authority’s latest date on 2020 air traffic.

The Italian Civil Aviation Authority has recently published the air traffic data for the year 2020. As expected the civil air transport to/from Italy has been largely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, in line with the general situation faced by the industry worldwide.

The decrease in terms of passengers carried (both on domestic and international routes) is of 72% compared to 2019, equal to approx. 53 million passengers in total.

The most busy airport remains Rome FCO (9.7 million pax), followed by Milan MXP (7.2. million pax), Bergamo BGY (3.8 million pax), Catania CTA (3.6 million pax) and Venice VCE (2.7 million pax).

On the air carriers side Ryanair is still on top of the table with 11.8 million of passengers carried, Alitalia ranked second (6.5 million pax) and EasyJet third (3.5 million pax).

The overall aircraft movements decreased significantly (551.071,00; -61% than 2019), even if some airports were in contrast with such trend and they showed an important growth, such as Brescia VBS which made a + 42% traffic led by the cargo operations.

It was indeed the cargo sector that suffered a lighter downturn compared to the air transport of passengers, since goods and products continued to travel irrespective of the various restrictions and lockdowns adopted in the majority of the countries.

The cargo movements counted a total of 804.000 tons carried to/from Italy, with a total decrease by 24% in respect of the previous year.

Also the general aviation industry proved to be fairly resilient to the pandemic (the traffic reduction was of 17% since 2019), thanks to the fact that smaller airports mainly serving private and business flights stayed open during the lockdown periods, as well as for the different marketplace and purposes related to such operations.

This article was originally published by Studio Pierallini in Aviation Journal, July 2021, no. 2.

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