By Tara Rippin • 24 March 2020 • 21:34
AIR traffic at Barcelona Airport has plunged by 89 per cent compared to last year due to Covid-19, according to the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, Eurocontrol.
Nationwide, air traffic has dropped by 80 per cent, slightly higher than the majority of Europe which has suffered a 75 per cent slump as movement restrictions are enforced.
Some airports have been hit harder, including Milan and Malta, with a 90 per cent reduction in air traffic.
A staggering figure shows that in March 2019, there were around 30,000 flights operating across Europe, compared to just 7,000 at the moment.
Catalonia first saw flight numbers slide at the end of February, but by March 16 bookings had nosedived by 245 per cent, according to the Catalan Tourism Agency (ACT).
In light of this, and the coronavirus restrictions, all Barcelona Airport activity will take place in area A and D of Terminal 1, with the closure of Terminal 2.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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