Regional airports record 60 pct decline in passenger traffic

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Poland's 13 regional airports handled 63 percent fewer passengers in the first half of the year than in the same period in 2019, according to a report by the Polish Regional Airports Association (ZRPL) released on Monday.

The ZRPL said that 4.83 million passengers used the regular and charter connections from airports in the first quarter of the year, 835,000 fewer (a decrease of nearly 15 percent) compared to the same period of 2019.

ZRPL spokesperson Piotr Adamczyk said that a total collapse of transport was recorded in the second quarter of 2020. "During this time, only 80,000 passengers were handled at 13 regional airports, which is as much as 7.99 million fewer (99 percent) compared to the second quarter of last year,” he noted.

He also pointed out that industry organisations, such as the Airport Council International, estimate that in 2020 passenger transport will decline by about 60 percent worldwide in comparison to last year, while the losses of airports amid the crisis may amount to USD 100 billion.