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Aviation market in Albania isn’t recovering

The aviation market in Albania hasn’t recovered in the first two months of 2021.

Eurostat reports the progress of commercial flights in European countries, including Albania. The information comes from Eurocontrol, Monitor magazine writes.

According to the data, in January, the number of flights from Albania fell by 55.6%, while in February by 54.9%, in comparison with 2020, when travel restrictions were not yet implemented.

Since March, when Europe imposed travel restrictions as a measure to curb the pandemic, commercial flights fell by 51.4%. Meanwhile in the following two months (April-May) they shrank by over 90% and over 80% in June. After an improvement in summer, the decline was 30-40%. At the end of 2020 saw a further decline, as a new wave of pandemic started in the continent.

Eurostat reports that following restrictions in Europe and changes in travel preferences, the most significant decline in the number of commercial flights was recorded in April 2020. More precisely -91% compared to the same month in 2019, May -90% and June -84%. 2021 also started with problems, while in February commercial flights fell by -73%. This is compared to the same month in 2020.

In February 2021, the number of commercial flights fell less to Turkey -50% and Albania -55%. Meanwhile the highest contraction was in Austria -84% and Sweden -85%.

Big losses for the aviation industry

Since June, flights from Albania had a lower decline compared to the European Union’s average. Even in regional scale, Albania had a better performance, especially in summer, when the tourist season peaks. Albanian doesn’t have any restrictions on the entry of foreign tourists, unlike Montenegro, which had more tough rules.

The airline industry around the world suffered a huge loss, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said that in 2020 were only 1.8 billion passengers. This number in 2019 was about 4.5 billion, down 60% year-on-year.

The cost for the industry is about $ 370 billion. Airports and airline service providers hit another $ 115 billion and $ 13 billion, respectively.

This pandemic severely impacts the global tourism, given that more than 50 percent of international travelers reach their destinations by plane.

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