Nearly 19 million passengers used 5 Dutch airports in 3rd quarter 2022

In the third quarter of 2022, 18.7 million passengers travelled to and from one of the five national airports in the Netherlands. That is one and a half times as many as the 12 million passengers in the third quarter of 2021. In the third quarter of 2019, before the corona pandemic, more than 23 million passengers flew to and from the Netherlands. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports this on the basis of new figures on aviation.

With an increase in the number of passengers, the number of passenger flights also showed an increase. In the third quarter of 2022, there were 124 thousand passenger flights, nearly 27 percent more than in the third quarter of 2021, and nearly double compared to 2020. In the third quarter of 2019, there were nearly 150 thousand passenger flights.

More aircraft seats occupied than in previous years

In the third quarter of 2022, the average load factor of aircraft to and from the five Dutch airports was nearly 80 percent, in the third quarter of 2021 it was more than 66 percent. In the third quarter of 2020, the occupancy rate was still nearly 48 percent, while in the same period of 2019 it was more than 83 percent.

Three quarters of passengers had destination and origin within Europe

In the third quarter of 2022, nearly 75 percent (13.9 million people) of all air passengers travelled to and from a destination within Europe. The most popular countries of origin and destination were Spain, the United Kingdom and Italy. Of those who had an origin or destination outside Europe, just over a third (1.7 million passengers) flew to or from the United States.  Canada and the United Arab Emirates followed as the most popular destinations outside Europe.

Although more people travelled by air (23.1 million people) in the third quarter of 2019 than in the same quarter of 2022, the share of all air passengers to and from destinations within Europe was similar (74.1 percent). In the third quarter of 2020 and 2021, travellers stayed closer to home due to the restrictive measures to combat the corona pandemic; respectively, 87.1 and 80.4 percent of all air passengers travelled to and from a destination within Europe.