On Thursday morning, the Luxairport CEO talked to our colleagues from RTL Radio about the current challenges at Findel airport.
Between 30 and 40 flights carrying around 4,000 passengers were booked in relation to the Easter holidays this year. This number only represents 25% of the pre-pandemic frequency registered in 2019.
Luxairport CEO René Steinhaus conveyed that the number of business travellers also remained significantly low at the moment. Nevertheless, he expects that to change once the pandemic has been brought under control.
Several hundred passengers made use of the Covid test station at Findel airport last week.
Steinhaus denied claims that negative results would not be rigorously checked by staff members. He explained that the airlines carry the responsibility and that they take it very seriously: "Flying remains the safest form of travel, even in times of the pandemic."
In 2020, the number of passengers dropped by two thirds, while cargo experienced a 6% rise. Both Swiss International Air Lines and British Airways stopped their activities at Findel when the first outbreaks began, and have not returned since.
Naturally, Luxaiport has lost significant revenue since the beginning of the pandemic. Steinhaus hopes that the second half of 2021 will see a normalisation of air travel. If so, officials aim at achieving 50 to 60% of their pre-pandemic revenue.