UK flight passengers up especially to Spain and Portugal

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The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s statistics for second quarter of 2021 show that 6.3 million passengers flew in and out of the UK between April and June this year compared to 3.4 million in quarter one 2021, across 124,000 flights compared to 81,000 flights in quarter one 2021.

This represents a 92 per cent fall in passenger numbers compared to the same period in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic.

The latest quarter saw several updates to Government travel guidance. International leisure travel started to reopen from May 17, 2021 with the ‘traffic light’ system introduced.

Overall levels of cargo transport were down nine per cent compared to the same period in 2019, with 605,436 tons of cargo carried. However, cargo-only flights saw a 114 per cent increase in goods transported, with 444,643 tons carried.

The average flight delay also improved, with an average wait of six minutes per flight, down from nine minutes in quarter one 2021, and 89.2 per cent of flights departing on time.

“We are beginning to see an increase in international leisure travel, particularly across Portugal and Spain, as the travel sector looks to safely recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Following the steady relaxation of isolation rules for a variety of destinations, including those for double vaccinated UK citizens, we expect further recovery of the number of flights and passengers in quarter three 2021,” the Civil Aviation Authority said.


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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.

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