MILAN (Reuters) – Monthly passenger traffic at Italian airports surpassed the pre-pandemic levels for the first time in April, the Italian airport operators association Assaeroporti said this week.
Last month the number of passengers at Italian airports rose to 16.5 million, a 2.5% increase compared with April 2019.
In period January-April passenger traffic was equal to 97.6% of the same period in 2019.
Tourism is vital to southern Europe’s economies. The travel industry was worth 100 billion euros ($110.08 billion) or 6.2% of Italian output in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic brought the sector into its knees.
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