Decline in air traffic in August

Tromsø AirportTromsø Airport.Photo: Avinor / NTB scanpix

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Airline traffic in August fell by almost 60 percent compared with last year. – It will probably take a long time before air traffic is back to 2019 levels, says Avinor.

– During the summer, traffic was increasing week by week, mainly due to vacationing and new travel advice. The increase lasted until the first week of August. Since then, airline traffic has been declining, says Gaute Skallerud Riise, director of traffic development at Avinor in a press release.

Overall, the figures for August show a 51 percent decrease in domestic airline travel and an 84 percent decrease in international airline travel from Avinor airports, compared with August 2019.

So far this year, the decline is 49 percent domestically and 71 percent abroad.

Before the summer, Avinor had envisioned a gradual increase in airline traffic over the summer and autumn/winter of 2020/2021.

– We now see that this is a situation that will persist, and it will probably take a long time before airline traffic is back at 2019 levels. We expect that future developments will largely depend on when a vaccine is ready for mass distribution, says Riise.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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