Summary of the first half of 2020
The coronavirus pandemic had a considerable impact on the entire aviation industry; the situation is perfectly epitomized by statistics. All airports in Poland, including Katowice Airport, suffered a drastic drop in passenger traffic.
During the first six months of 2020, Katowice Airport handled 660K passengers, i.e. 1.37 mln fewer (-67%) than during the same time period last year. A drop was also noted in the regular and charter traffic segments. In the former, Katowice Airport handled 533K passengers, i.e. 796K fewer (-59.9%) than in 2019. In case of charter traffic, 110K travellers were handled, i.e. 581K fewer (-84%). During the first half of 2020, aircrafts landed and departed from Katowice Airport 9 350 times, i.e. 8 822 fewer (-48.5%) than in 2019. Special emphasis must be placed on the fact that statistics at Katowice Airport suffered the least in the cargo segment. From January to June, exactly 9 071 tonnes of freight were handled, i.e. 715 tonnes less (-7.3%) than during the first six months of 2019.
The noticeable drop in passenger traffic during the first six months of 2020 derives, amongst other factors, from the suspension of flights, which, in case of Katowice Airport, was valid from March 15 till June 17. During the second quarter of 2020, i.e. from April to June, Katowice Airport handled 8 412 passengers, i.e. 1.3M fewer (-99%) than in 2019, and handled 2 285 flight operations, i.e. 9 014 fewer (-79%). 7 881 passengers were handled in the regular traffic segment; in comparison with the last year, there were 753 942 fewer (-99%) travellers. In case of the charter segment, only 83 passengers were handled, i.e. 550 888 fewer (-99%). Small losses were noted in the cargo segment. In comparison with 2019, Katowice Airport handled 4 205 tonnes of freight, i.e. 669 tonnes less (-13%).