Travel and holidays by plane: boom in national and Mediterranean routes, clear recovery of flights with North America. The knot of China that is still closed due to the pandemic. Here are Sea’s predictions
Milan Malpensa and Linate airports are preparing for a summer with values very close to those pre-Covid, even if important markets – such as China – are still off limits. This was said by Armando Brunini, managing director of Sea (the company that manages the two Milanese airports) during the presentation of the La Feltrinelli store in Linate. “Like Sea in May, passenger traffic recorded a decline of 13% while in June -9% compared to the levels of 2019”, Brunini calculates. “For the summer we will total between 85 and 90% compared to pre-pandemic levels.”
Traffic estimates at Linate and Malpensa
In short, Sea expects “about 18-18.5 million passengers”, with some days between July and August that should be even higher. National and Mediterranean destinations are driving the recovery and will do so even more in the coming weeks. But also “the United States – continues Brunini – are recording a record compared to 2019. There are still restrictions in some parts of the world such as China, for example, but we hope that they will soon be removed there too”. And yet, underlines the CEO, «we are registering an important rebound, above expectations. This winter, traffic was down 50% from pandemic levels. Then from March there was a sprint. We are quickly close to the pre-pandemic data and the summer planning is good ».
The return to pre-Covid traffic
“It will take some time to break even because there is still no intercontinental traffic”, adds Brunini. «We hope that autumn will hold up and that we continue on this path. There was a doubt that the pandemic could change people’s habits but people want to move ». Also because, he continues, «six months ago our hypothesis for a return to pre-Covid levels was 2024. I would like to confirm this number but with caution because making predictions has become difficult. I would wait this autumn to understand if this return to growth is consolidated or if there will be other external elements that could impact ».
It knows no crisis and, indeed, continues to beat records in the general aviation segment – that is, private flights – between Linate and Malpensa. The Sea Prime company in a note makes it known that during the Milan Design Week that has just ended “over 400 thousand visitors arrived in Milan for the prestigious international event, over 1,100 business aviation movements, with an average of 160 daily movements in the terminals managed by Milano Prime ». The number, it says, “represents an increase of 75% compared to the same week of 2021, with two-thirds international traffic. A record number of over 80 aircraft parked at night was also reached in Milano Prime simultaneously on the Linate and Malpensa Prime aprons ».
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June 14, 2022 (change June 14, 2022 | 17:54)
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