Basel airport unveiled its results for the year 2021 on Wednesday, the second affected by the pandemic. The figures are far from those recorded in normal times, but an improvement is being felt. 3.6 million travelers passed through Euroairport. This is a 39% increase in traffic over the previous year. 2020 had set a historic low.
But in 2021, restrictions for male and female travelers eased in the spring. And towards the end of the year, the traffic increased significantly. However, it has not reached the level of the “world before”. The airport thus recorded a 60% drop compared to 2019.
On the other hand, the freight activity is less subject to the vagaries of the pandemic and it is doing well. There is a 10% increase in 2021. A total of nearly 120,000 tonnes of goods were transported.
The airport plans to welcome 6 million passengers in 2022. A scenario that will depend on the evolution of the health crisis.
But with the recovery comes the return of noise. Before the pandemic, an overrun of the noise-related limitations imposed by the Federal Office of Civil Aviation was noted in 2019 for nighttime hours.
Basel Airport wants to take steps in this direction. From February 1, 2022, no more aircraft will take off from Euroairport between 11 p.m. and midnight. Particularly noisy aircraft will also be banned from the runway between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sufficient measures according to the leaders to protect the sleep of local residents.
The airport also wants to be greener. An action plan has also been put in place to reduce CO2 emissions. It aims for zero-emission infrastructures by 2030. /lmv