- 12 Feb 2024 5:20 pm CET
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Following strong growth last year, passenger numbers at Zurich Airport continued to climb at the start of the new year 2024. However, this means that the pre-coronavirus pandemic level has still not quite been reached.
In January, 1.96 million passengers traveled through Switzerland's largest airport. This was 13 percent more than in the same month last year, as the airport announced on Monday evening. A good two thirds of these were local passengers, the rest were transfer passengers.
This means that the number of passengers in the start month of 2024 is still lower than before the coronavirus crisis. Compared to January 2019, the number of passengers in the month under review was 92%. The airport expects to see a full recovery in 2025.
More flight movements and more freight
The number of flight movements also increased in January: take-offs and landings at Zurich Airport amounted to 18,439, an increase of 8% compared to the previous year. The average number of passengers per flight was slightly higher at 125 and the seat occupancy rate remained roughly at the previous year's level at just under 74%.
Meanwhile, 31,935 tons of freight were handled at Zurich Airport. This was 13% more than in the previous year, but 9% less than in January 2019.
More money was also spent in the airport's stores and restaurants thanks to the growth in passenger numbers. Compared to the previous year, so-called commercial turnover increased by 4.3 percent to 42.7 million francs. According to the figures, turnover on the airside increased by 6.7 percent, which is higher than that on the landside, which grew by 1.9 percent.
Mostly growth in South America
Zurich Airport also provided information on developments at South American airports in which it has a stake. In January, for example, the number of passengers in Florianópolis in Brazil rose by 10 percent to 459,031, in Antofagasta in Chile by a fifth to 242,068 and in Iquique in Peru by 8 percent to 177,750.
In contrast, the number of passengers at the airports in Vitória and Macaé, which are located on the east coast of Brazil, declined. They fell by a total of 4.0% to 279,305.