Luxembourg Airport traffic figures 2021: 2.01 million passengers, 1.125 million tons of cargo
• 2.01 million passengers in 2021, +41% compared to 2020, – 54% to 2019
• Cargo volume at 1.125 million tons 2021, an increase of 19% to 2020
In 2019, the last year before the pandemic, Luxembourg Airport registered around 4.4 million passengers. After two years of pandemic, Luxembourg Airport closes the year 2021 with a passenger volume of nearly half of the pre-crisis level with 2.01 million travelers. A traffic result that was last achieved in 2013. Even if 2021 is a growth year compared to 2020, the coming years will also be marked by the pandemic. In particular, the first quarter of 2022 is influenced by the current increase in the number of infections. A recovery to the levels of 2019 is expected for 2024 at the earliest. In 2021, demand for flights from Luxembourg was strongly influenced by pandemic measures and dominated by private travel. This led to high peak demand on individual traffic days compared to very low passenger volumes on days with little demand and outside holiday periods.
The airlines offered passengers a great variety of destinations. In 2021, more than 110 destinations were served from Luxembourg, all of which were less affected by the pandemic at the time. Especially Luxair, as the home carrier, offered many new direct destinations. The novelties to be continued are: World metropolis Dubai, Ostseestrandbad Rostock Laage, and Scandinavian Mountain Airport Sälen in Sweden. Luxair has already announced that it will continue to expand its route network in 2022.
19 % growth in freight tonnage in 2021
The challenges of global logistics chains combined with the low supply of belly capacity on long-haul passenger flights also increased demand for full freighter flights in 2021. This request drove a 19% rise in goods handled at Luxembourg Airport compared to levels in 2020, reaching 1.125 million tons in 2021. Luxembourg Airport thus reached a volume of over one million tons of cargo handled for the first time in its history.