In September 2022, 5.9 million passengers and 18.4 thousand tonnes of freight and mail were handled at national airports, corresponding to year-on-year variations of +63.1% and +9.9%, respectively. Compared to September 2019, the movement of passengers decreased by 1.0%, corresponding to the smallest difference from pre-pandemic levels, and the movement of freight and mail increased by 4.0% (-1.9% and +12.5% in the previous month, respectively).
In September 2022, there was a daily average of 97.2 thousand passengers disembarked at national airports (99.4 thousand in the previous month), approaching that recorded in September 2019 (98.3 thousand).
Between January and September 2022, the number of passengers handled increased by 171.5% vis-à-vis the same period of 2021 (-8.2% compared to the same period of 2019). The United Kingdom was the main country of origin and destinations of flights, with growths of 326.8% in the number of disembarked passengers and 338.4% in the number of embarked passengers, justified by the closure of the air corridor between Portugal and the United Kingdom for most of the same period of 2021.