Antwerp Airport celebrates excellent 2021 business and passenger figures
By the end of 2021, Antwerp Airport achieved a hopeful increase in passenger figures, as well as excellent results for business aviation, exceeding 2019 results as of summer 2021.
Antwerp Airport (ANR) ended 2021 with excellent results for business/private aviation along with hopeful passenger figures. In 2020, the airport welcomed 147,000 passengers. The number of business flights even exceeds the 2019 results as of summer 2021.
The airport was also hit hard in the first months of 2021. Due to the rising COVID-19 figures and a new lockdown, non-essential travel was prohibited until 19 April 2021. As a result, the first TUI fly flights to five Spanish destinations departed at the end of April 2021. This was clearly reflected in the
figures. In the first half of 2O21, the airport welcomed 39,000 passengers.
As of July 2021, more flights were scheduled and TUI fly flew again to seven of their 10 destinations from Antwerp. “This was also the beginning of a nice recovery. In July, August, and September, we
welcomed 61,000 passengers. 114 per cent more compared to the summer of 2020″, said CEO Eric Dumas.
The recovery also continued after summer 2021. In November 2021, we had a successful restart of flights to Nador and Tangier, but these had to be stopped again after a few weeks due to the travel restrictions imposed by Morocco.
On an annual basis, the airport closes with just under 147,000 passengers. “A hopeful result”, added Dumas. “When we look at the second half of 2021, we received 38 per cent fewer passengers than in 2019, before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. If the recovery continues like this and also the flights to Innsbruck, Nador, and Tangier start up again, we can expect a good result in 2022. We continue to work hard, and look optimistically towards 2022.”
In 2022, TUI fly will again fly to all 10 destinations from Antwerp. In addition, ASL Fly Executive will
also fly to Innsbruck twice a week between 15 January and the end of March 2022.
97 per cent on time performance
The airport can also boast excellent punctuality figures in 2021. In 2021, no less than 97 per cent of all flights departed on time. “Travelling via a regional airport has only advantages. Not only do you travel relaxed and in a safe environment, but your flight almost always departs on time,” commented Dumas.
The business segment has recovered very well in 2021. In June, business flights again reached the level of 2019. From the summer holidays onwards, the figures were even six per cent higher on average than in 2019. This again indicates how strongly business flights are anchored at the airport.