Avinor reports near 60% year-on-year drop in August traffic

After a brief rise in early summer traffic figures, Norway's Avinor has reported an overall decline this August. (Avinor)

The Norwegian airport operator, Avinor, has released figures showing that, after a brief revival, passengers numbers are falling again

It said that traffic had initially increased week by week due to the holiday period, despite changes in the travel advice issued by the authorities.

Before the summer period started, Avinor had forecast a gradual increase in traffic over the summer and autumn/winter of 2020/21, but Gaute Skallerud Riise, the Avinor Group’s director of traffic development, commented: “The increase lasted until the first week of August. Since then, traffic has been declining.”  

Overall, Avinor’s figures for August 2020 show a 50% decrease in domestic passengers and an 84% decrease in international traffic from its airports, compared with the same month last year.

Mr Riise concluded: “We now understand that this is a situation that persists, and unfortunately, it will probably take a long time before air traffic is back on the same level as in 2019. We expect that future developments will largely depend on when a COVID-19-vaccine is ready for mass distribution.”