It has been reported that the number of commercial flights in the EU increased by 25% between August 2021 and August 2022. This is based on data published by Eurostat on the number of flights conducted in the EU on a monthly basis. Even though this is still below pre-pandemic levels, it is slowly closing (-14% compared to August 2019). There were 596,930 commercial flights in August 2022, as compared to 478,996 in August 2021, 324,538 in August 2020 and 695,912 in August 2019.
The number of commercial flights at some EU airports also increased in comparison to 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%). Frankfurt Main (-10,554, -23% compared with August 2019), Milano Malpensa (-9,048, -34%) and Roma Fiumicino (-8,018, -27%) recorded the biggest decreases in commercial flights.