Last Week in Europe – Monday 23 May 2022


The eighth week of the summer 2022 (S22) season (covering the period Sunday 15 May to Saturday 21 May) saw the launch of 42 new routes involving European airports, up from 27 in the previous week. Highlights included new transatlantic routes from Air Canada, Air France, Condor, United and WestJet, as well as new leisure services from German airports provided by Condor, Corendon Airlines, Eurowings and SundAir

Meanwhile, according to analysis of Eurocontrol data, the 7-day average recovery rate for European flights (comparing 2022 movements with those during the same period in 2019) decreased by 0.9 percentage points during the last week from 85.9% as of Saturday 14 May, to 85.0% as of Saturday 21 May. This reverses what had been a slow but steady improvement in the recovery rate in recent weeks. Analysis of Cirium schedule data suggests it is unlikely that the recovery rate will reach 90% before July.

Ryanair, Turkish Airlines and Wizz Air reporting growth versus 2019

Among the 12 airlines tracked in more detail in our graph, Wizz Air (122%), Ryanair (113%) and Turkish Airlines (101%) are recording a recovery rate above 100% in terms of flights. However, eight of these 12 airlines recorded a decline in their flight recovery rate during the last week with the four exceptions being British Airways (up from 73.8% to 74.9%), easyJet (up from 84.6% to 86.1%), Lufthansa (up from 76.4% to 76.7%) and Ryanair (up from 113.0% to 113.1%).

Major European airlines 21/22 May 22

Athens International Airport

Five-way fight to be Europe’s #1 airport continues

On Saturday 21 May the leading airline for flights in Eurocontrol airspace was Ryanair (2,874 flights) followed by easyJet (1,507), Turkish Airlines (1,351) and Lufthansa (1,262). Then came Air France (949), KLM (791), Wizz Air (748), British Airways (695) and Vueling (583). In the close battle among Europe’s leading hub airports, it was Istanbul IST’s turn to be #1 last Saturday with 1,213 flights. This was just ahead of Amsterdam (1,199), Frankfurt (1,198), Paris CDG (1,175) and London LHR (1,136).

Want more information on:

  • European seat capacity changes made since last week for May, June and July?
  • The 42 new routes launched in Europe during the last seven days?
  • Passenger trends in April among airports in Europe?

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Athens International Airport