AviationAir travel recovery takes off in Europe, but Asia waits for return of China.

How are the world's once busiest airports now faring?

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Singapore Changi Airport's passenger numbers are on an upward trajectory.
Singapore Changi Airport's passenger numbers are on an upward trajectory. Photo Credit: Singapore Changi Airport

The devastating impact of Covid-enforced lockdowns on Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has been revealed by figures from OAG ranking the world’s busiest airports during the week commencing 16 May.

What was the world’s second-largest international airport during the same week in 2019, Hong Kong, is now down in 84th place with only 12% of historic capacity being operated.

HKIA passenger numbers for the week of 13 May 2019 were 877, 957, while in the week of 16 May 2022 those numbers had dropped to 105, 198.

OAG figures show clearly that travel in Europe is returning to normal faster than in Asia. London Heathrow was the busiest international airport during the week commencing 16 May with a total of 761,756 passengers, down just 16.1% from the May 2019 figure.

Amsterdam was the third busiest international airport during that week, followed by Paris Charles de Gaulle.

Istanbul (-5.0%), Dubai (-5.4%) and Doha (-6.6%) benefited from their connecting hub status with passenger numbers for the week in review falling only slightly.

As well as Hong Kong, big drops were recorded by Seoul Incheon (-79.5%), Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (-67.2%) and Kuala Lumpur International (-70%).

Singapore Changi Airport's passenger numbers dipped 52.5% from 786,229 to 373,738. However, these numbers are expected to lift significantly in June with new and additional flights from South Korea.

OAG said markets like Hong Kong and Seoul are heavily reliant on Chinese connecting traffic making their future recovery heavily dependent on access to China reopening soon.

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