November 19, 2020: In October, the number of flights to and from Schiphol declined by 56 percent to a total of 19,614 (44,503 in October 2019). Due to the increase in the number of cargo flights, the number of intercontinental air transport movements fell less sharply (-41 percent) than the number of European air transport movements (-59 percent). These cargo flights were mainly operated to Asia, North America and South America.
The flight decline resulted in a total of 1.14 million passengers who travelled to, from or via Schiphol (6.43 million in October 2019), representing an 82 percent fall in passenger numbers. The number of cargo flights rose to 2,139 (+60 percent) compared to the same month last year, which partly accounts for the slightly lower tonnage transported compared to last year (-2 percent).
Just as earlier this year, the second wave of coronavirus infections led to increased travel restrictions and a reduced willingness to travel. The month of October saw a gradual decline in the number of flights and passengers. On the busiest day of the month (October 2) airport transport movements totalled 748 and almost 48,000 passengers, while on the quietest day (October 27) airport transport movements totalled 491 and just under 25,000 passengers.
The number of passengers at the airport roughly halved during October and as a result is down by as much as 82 percent on last year. The decline applies mainly to the number of passengers arriving in and departing from the Netherlands, representing a fall of 87 percent compared to last year. The number of passengers transferring at Schiphol fell less sharply (-73 percent).
The number of passengers travelling from or to a European destination in October fell by 81 percent compared to last year. All destinations saw a proportionate decline in passenger numbers, without any positive exceptions. The number of passengers travelling from or to non-European destinations fell by 85 percent and as a result has remained relatively stable in the past few months.
In November we expect that air traffic will come under further pressure as a result of the travel restrictions. We project that the number of daily flights will fluctuate between 370 and 610 and that the daily number of passengers will range between 16,000-38,000.