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Last Week in Europe – Monday 7 February 2022

Last week in Europe

Finally, after falling for the three previous weeks, analysis of Eurocontrol data shows that the recovery rate for European flights (comparing 2022 movements with those during the same period in pre-pandemic 2019) improved during the last seven days. The 7-day average had fallen from 68.5% on 15 January to just 62.9% on 29 January. However, on Saturday 5 February this had increased back up to 66.3%.

After a quiet start to the year, Ryanair’s operations picked up momentum in the first week of February. Among the 12 airlines tracked in more detail in our graph, the Irish ULCC has now achieved the best recovery rate of 89.4%, up from 63.5% just one week earlier. Iberia slips to second, while Turkish Airlines has recovered to third, after the unseasonal weather in Turkey had disrupted operations the previous week. Among the 12 airlines shown in the graph, nine showed an improvement in their recovery rates compared with a week earlier. The three airlines that saw a small drop in their recovery rates were KLM (from 77.8% to 76.2%), SAS (from 46.0% to 45.4%) and Wizz Air (from 77.5% to 75.9%).

MajorEuropean Airlines in 2021/22

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easyJet up from sixth to fourth

On Saturday 5 February the leading airline for flights in Eurocontrol airspace was Ryanair (2,028 flights), a long way ahead of Turkish Airlines (1,051), Lufthansa (784) and easyJet (665). Then came Air France (585), KLM (557), British Airways (427) and Pegasus (397). Unlike in previous weeks when Turkish Airlines actually operated more flights than Ryanair on a Thursday, that was not the case last week.

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