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Lusa - Business News - Portugal: Passenger air transport falls 15.4% in Q1 - Statistics Portugal




Lisbon,June 4,2020(Lusa) Passenger movements at airports in Portugal fell 15.4% in the first quarter of the year to 9.5 million in year-on-year terms, after a 6.3% increase in the previous quarter.

According to data released on Tuesday by Statistics Portugal (INE), the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictive measures adopted in terms of airspace was significant in the month of March, with sharp reductions in passenger movements at the main national airports, which were between 55.8% at Porto airport and 49.1% at Funchal airport.

This impact was most visible from the beginning of the second half of March, with reductions of over 90% in the last days.

In the first quarter, 40,300 commercial flights landed at national airports, a decrease of 12.7% year-on-year.

Lisbon airport was responsible for more than half of the total passenger movement (57.2%, corresponding to 5.4 million passengers), with the smallest decrease (13.5% year-on-year and 8.4% quarter-on-quarter).

Porto airport recorded the second-highest number of passengers handled in the country (23.2% or 2.2 million passengers) and a decrease of 5.6% (after a quarterly increase of 7.4%).

At Faro airport there were 762,300 passengers (8.1% of the total), corresponding to a reduction of 24.8% (+0.1% in the previous quarter).

At Ponta Delgada and Funchal airports, there were decreases of 15.7% and 16.1% respectively (+3.8% and -0.6% in the fourth quarter of 2019, in the same order).

Metro transport, on the other hand, decreased 5.6% compared to the same period last year (after an increase of 13.8% in the fourth quarter of 2019) with 58.8 million passengers transported, as a result of the strong reduction in the number of passengers in the month of March (45%), reflecting the near paralysis of public transport since the middle of March due to the pandemic.

River passenger transport decreased by 12.1% after a 6.2% increase in the last quarter of 2019, reaching 4.3 million passengers transported.

Airfreight transport was the only one to maintain the growth trend, despite the slowdown, registering an increase of 4.2%, after advancing 16.2% in the last quarter of 2019.

Maritime, rail and road freight transport also registered decreases of 2.7% in Portuguese seaports (-2.9% in the previous quarter), 7.3% by rail (-12.3% in the previous quarter) and 2.8% by road (+0.6% in the fourth quarter of 2019).

Portugal has had at least 1,447 deaths associated with Covid-19 in 33,261 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest daily bulletin of the health authorities (DGS) released on Wednesday.

Portugal entered a state of public calamity on 3 May due to the pandemic, which on Friday was extended to 14 June, after three consecutive periods in a state of emergency since 19 March.

This phase of the fight against Covid-19 provides for mandatory confinement only for sick people and those under active surveillance and the mandatory use of masks or visors on public transport, public services, schools, and shops.

New measures came into force on Monday, 1 June, with the highlight being the opening of shopping centres (except for the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon, where they will remain closed until at least Thursday), gymnasiums or concert halls.

These measures are in addition to those that came into force on 18 May, including the resumption of visits to old people's homes, the reopening of crèches, face-to-face classes for the 11th and 12th years and the reopening of some street shops, cafés, restaurants, museums, monuments and palaces.

On Saturday, the community religious ceremonies returned while beaches will reopen next Saturday, 6 June.

ICO/IMYN // ADB.

Lusa


Agency : LUSA

Date : 2020-06-05 09:22:00







 

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