Airports reach historic high in September with 6,7 million passengers

According to INE

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The number of passengers at Portuguese airports reached 6,7 million in September, a new historic high for this month, according to data from the National Statistics Institute (INE) released today, Monday, the 13th.

“Since the beginning of 2023, there have been historic highs in monthly passenger numbers at national airports,” says INE, in the quick air transport statistics published today.

INE also said that 17.500 tons of cargo and mail were handled in September, representing in this case a drop of 8,2% compared to the same month last year.

Compared to September 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic that severely affected the aviation sector, there were increases of 12,3% in passenger movement and a slight drop of 0,5% in cargo movement.

In September, an average of 110,9 thousand passengers disembarked per day, 14,1% more than in the same month of 2022 and 12,9% compared to 2019.

In the accumulated period between January and September 2023, the number of passengers increased by 21,8% compared to the same period in 2022, while cargo and mail movements fell by 2,6%.

Compared to the same period in 2019, there were increases of 11,7% and 6,6%, respectively.

Considering the volume of passengers disembarked and boarded on international flights in the first nine months of the year, the United Kingdom was the main country of origin and destination for flights, with year-on-year growth of 18,5% in the number of disembarked passengers and 18,8. XNUMX% in the number of passengers boarded.

France and Spain occupied the second and third positions, respectively, both as countries of origin and as countries of destination for flights.