Historic highs in millions flying in and out of Portugal through 2023

Passenger numbers increased by 20.6% between January – October

The number of passengers using national airports increased to 58.5 million between January and October this year.

According to INE’s ‘rapid statistics on air transport’, published today, “between January and October 2023, the number of passengers increased by 20.6% compared to the same period in 2022, while the movement of cargo and mail fell (-1.7%)”.

Compared to the same period pre-pandemic (ie 2019), there were increases of 12.2% and 6.2%, respectively.

Considering the volume of passengers disembarking and embarking on international flights in that period, the United Kingdom was the main country of origin and destination for flights, with growth of 17.5% in the number of passengers disembarking and 17.6% in the number of passengers embarking, compared to 2022.

France and Spain ranked second and third, respectively, both as countries of origin and destination of flights.

In an analysis of the month of October, INE noted that 6.4 million passengers and 20,400 tons of cargo and mail were handled at national airports, corresponding to increases of 11.9% and 6.8%, respectively, compared to the same month last year.

Compared to October 2019, there were increases of 16.4% and 3.1%, in the same order.

Since the beginning of 2023, there have been historic highs in monthly passenger numbers at national airports,” the statistics institute points out, noting that “in October 2023, there were 101,200 passengers landing on average each day, which is higher than in October 2022 (90,700; +11.6%) and 17.8% higher than in October 2019 (85,900).”