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traffic up in 2021, but only 39% of 2019 level

Paris airports welcomed 41.9 million passengers last year, an increase of 26.8% compared to 2020, but this attendance represents only 38.8% of that of 2019, the last full year before the health crisis.

Against the backdrop of epidemic waves and border closures, Groupe ADP facilities experienced a gradual recovery in 2021, in accordance with forecasts, the manager said in a press release on Monday.

In fact, the group, majority owned by the French state, had estimated that attendance at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly airports would reach last year between 30 and 40% of that of 2019.

The company also manages some twenty airports around the world, from Chile to Jordan. For the entire scope, ADP facilities saw a total of 160 million passengers pass through in 2021, also an improvement (+37.2%) compared to 2020, to reach 45.6% of the 2019 level.

Here too, ADP met the target set at the end of July 2021, i.e. between 40 and 50% of the total number of users before the pandemic which brought the global aviation sector to its knees.

The year 2020 ended with an abysmal drop of 69.4% in passenger numbers at Paris airports, while for all facilities managed by ADP worldwide, the drop had reached 60.4% over a year.

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Groupe ADP will publish its 2021 annual financial results on February 16. It suffered a net loss of 172 million euros in the first half of last year, after a 2020 financial year in the red of 1.17 billion euros.

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