Like all aviation, Linz Airport is also suffering severely from the coronavirus pandemic. Passenger traffic fell by almost 90 percent, while freight traffic recovered in the fourth quarter.
From mid-March, with the outbreak of the pandemic, air traffic collapsed worldwide and of course also at Linz Airport. The scheduled flights to Frankfurt and Düsseldorf have been discontinued, and the charter flights have been reduced to three from the original 26 flights a week.
2020 only around 51,000 passengers
For the year as a whole, this results in a decrease of 86 percent in the number of passengers on scheduled flights, and as much as 93 percent on charter flights. Overall, only a little over 51,000 passengers were handled at Linz Airport in 2020.
Significant recovery in freight traffic
The situation in freight traffic was similar, especially in the 2nd quarter. However, this recovered again and in the fourth quarter even an increase of ten percent compared to the previous year was recorded.
The new cargo flight connection Linz – Istanbul was largely responsible for this.
Carefully optimistic planning for summer
The tour operators are now planning 18 weekly vacation flights again – high hopes are also placed on the Covid-19 vaccination.
The passenger volume from the time before Corona will certainly only be reached again in a few years, according to Linz Airport.