European airports last year regained 79% of their 2019 passengers
European airports last year regained 79% of their 2019 passengers, at double the volume of 2020.
Attendance at European airports likewise increased by 98% in 2022 compared to the previous year, reaching 1.94 billion passengers, according to ACI Europe, which covers more than 500 airport hubs in 55 countries.
The news comes amid renewed hopes that the industry has turned the page on Covid-19 even if economic and geopolitical uncertainties remain.
Yet to maintain this momentum, the sector must do all it can to protect the industries supporting the recovery of travel– including duty- and tax-free.
As with many global industries, the duty- and tax-free industry is affected by the actions of unscrupulous individuals and groups seeking to co-opt the duty- and tax-free identity as a means of masking illicit trade, counterfeiting activity and intellectual property theft.
These forms of illegality result in millions of lost sales opportunities every year, with the duty-and tax-free industry suffering commercial and reputational damage from having its name co-opted by this criminal activity.