Passengers at Portuguese airports rise 29% to 30 million in the 1st semester

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The number of passengers passing through Portuguese airports increased by 29% year-on-year in the first half of this year, reaching 30 million, 12% above the results of 2019 (pre-pandemic), it was announced today.

According to data released in a statement by Vinci, which owns ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, all airports (Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Funchal, Porto Santo, Ponta Delgada, Santa Maria, Flores and Horta) managed by the group in Portugal recorded year-on-year growth rates of around 30% in the first half.

Lisbon airport recorded the highest year-on-year growth rate (31%) in the first six months of the year, receiving 15.9 million passengers, 8.7% more than in the same period of 2019.

In turn, Porto airport received around 7.1 million passengers, 28% more than in the same period of 2022 and 15% more than in 2019.

Faro continued to occupy the ‘top’ three Portuguese airport, with the highest number of passengers received (around 4.2 million), with a growth of 21% compared to the same period of 2022 and 5.2% of 2019.

In turn, Madeira’s airports continue to show strong growth (up 30% on the same period in 2022 and 42% on 2019), with a total of €2.3 million.

Airports in the Azores received 1.3 million passengers, 28% more than in the first half of 2022 and 20% more than in 2019.

Isolating the second quarter, the number of passengers passing through Portuguese airports increased, in year-on-year terms, by 15%, reaching 18 million, and 9.9% above the 2019 results.

According to the same source, traffic in the second quarter of 2023 “was significantly higher than in 2019 at all airports in Portugal and, in particular, in Porto and Funchal (Madeira)”.

Of the various airports, Porto registered the highest year-on-year increase (16%), to a total of 4.2 million passengers and Lisbon welcomed a record 8.76 million passengers, which translates into a year-on-year increase of 15% and 4.8% compared to 2019 figures.

In turn, the number of passengers passing through Faro airport in the second quarter grew by 14% year-on-year and by 3.7% compared to the same period in 2019, to 3.07 million.

Madeira’s airports registered a year-on-year increase of 9.9% and compared to 2019 of 40% to 1.3 million passengers and those of the Azores a year-on-year increase of 22% and compared to 2019 of 21% to 829 thousand passengers.

Traffic at Vinci’s total airports rose 36.2% in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2022, but declined 9.1% compared to the same period in 2019, to 123.4 million passengers.

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