Luxembourg airport 2020 traffic results: -68% passengers, +6% cargo

January 27, 2021

  • 1.4 million passengers in 2020, – 68% compared to 2019
  • Cargo volumes increase by 6% compared to 2019 with over 947.000 t

As an effect of the COVID-19 crisis, the air transport sector is one of the most impacted industries. Luxembourg Airport closes the traffic year 2020 with a total of 1.4 million passengers, a number which was last seen in 2003. The decline in passenger numbers represents a minus of 68 percent compared to 2019. According to ACI (Airports Council International), the European industry’s average passenger drop was at -71 percent.
While the airport stayed open and operational the entire year throughout, the regularly scheduled passenger air traffic in Luxembourg stopped during March until the end of May due to heavy travel restrictions during the pandemic. During this time, the airport played a crucial role in cargo and especially medical flights from and to the Greater Region.

Luxembourg airport is certified by Airport Council International for its COVID-19 measures

To provide a safe travel environment and protect passengers, Luxembourg airport put many efforts to protect against COVID-19. In September 2020, the airport was certified with the health certification AHA of the Airports Council International (ACI), proving Luxembourg Airport’s alignment with the ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines and ICAO Council Aviation Restart Task Force recommendations and industry best practices.

Cargo: 6 % increase of cargo tonnes in 2020

During the pandemic, cargo traffic was more important than ever, especially for carrying medical equipment. The goods handled at Luxembourg Airport in 2020 represented 947.000 tonnes, an increase of 6 % versus 2019.

New destinations in 2021

These times airlines need to be flexible with their destinations due to changing travel restrictions. However, Luxair lately announced new direct flights to Rostock (Germany), Belgrade (Serbia), and Oslo (Norway). Other airlines operating from Luxembourg already reported upgrading destinations if the situation allows it. Check all airlines operating from Luxembourg here.

Contactless parking at Luxembourg Airport

Touching as few surfaces as possible is very helpful not only during COVID-times. Passengers can now benefit from an almost contactless parking experience using the new pre-booking platform from lux-Airport at www.airportparking.lu. Travelers can book their parking slot online and as well pay directly in advance on the website. Thus, there is no need to queue at the cash machine or pay by hard cash. Furthermore, the pre-booking can be used paperless, as it offers entry to the parking area via QR-code on a smartphone. Read more at www.airportparking.lu.