August: commercial flights closer to 2019 figures

In August 2022, the number of commercial flights in the EU increased by 25% compared with August 2021. While this is still below the pre-pandemic levels, the gap is slowly closing (-14 % compared with August 2019).

In absolute terms, the number of commercial flights stood at 596 930 in August 2022, compared with 478 996 in August 2021, 324 538 in August 2020 and 695 912 in August 2019.

This information comes from monthly flight data published by Eurostat today.







Only two EU countries recorded an increase in commercial flights in August 2022 compared with August 2019: Greece (+5 %) and Luxembourg (+2 %). In contrast, the largest decreases in flights were recorded in Slovenia (-42 %), Latvia (-39 %) and Finland (-31 %).

Furthermore, some EU airports recorded increases in the number of commercial flights compared with 2019. The largest increases in the number of commercial flights were recorded in Napoli Capodichino (+1 156, +14%), Kerkira Ioannis Kapodistrias (+1 026, +22 %) and Santorini (+978, +30 %). At the other end of the scale, the largest decreases in the number of commercial flights were recorded in Frankfurt Main (-10 554, -23 % compared with August 2019), Milano Malpensa (-9 048, -34 %) and Roma Fiumicino (-8 018, -27 %).

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Methodological notes:

  • The source of this monthly data on commercial flights is Eurocontrol, a pan-European, civil-military organisation dedicated to supporting European aviation. Data on commercial flights include scheduled and non-scheduled commercial flights (passengers, freight and mail) performed under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). For more information, please refer to the methodological file.
  • Attention to methodological differences should be paid when comparing this monthly data with Eurostat data on passenger, freight and mail air transport collected within Regulation 437/2003. For more information about Eurostat data collection, please refer to this methodological file.