Algiers Airport’s Annual Turnover Decreased By 60% In 2020
The annual turnover of Algiers airport decreased by 60% in 2020, compared to the previous year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, at a time when it lost revenues worth 5.7 billion dinars, compared to 2019.
The general manager of Algiers Airport Administration and Facilities Management Corporation, Taher Allache, told APS that the airport’s annual turnover stabilized in the range of 3.7 billion dinars, compared to 9.4 billion dinars during 2019, a difference of 5.7 billion dinars.
The general manager of Algiers airport believes that this collapse is due to the decision to stop regular flights since March 17, 2020, which was approved by the government in the context of the prevention from the Covid-19 pandemic, and domestic flights have gradually resumed, starting from the beginning of December 2020, across all airports of the country.
“In this context, more than 418.000 passengers passed through Algiers airport since the beginning of 2021, of whom 94.000 are on the international flights, “exclusively in the context of evacuations”, while the total number of passengers from Algiers airport reached 418,259 passengers from January to this day, distributed on 320,456 passengers on the local flights, or 76.5% of Algiers airport traffic, and 94,976 on the international flights, which represents 22.5% of the traffic”, he added.
“The international flights took place exclusively in the context of the evacuation of foreign nationals from Algeria to other countries because the regular international flights were suspended since March 17th”.
Concerning the companies that provide evacuation flights, Allache referred to Air France that provides a daily flight to France, and the French Airlines company “ASL”, which also provides flights to France, and Turkish Airlines that operates flights to Istanbul, in addition to Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Royal Air Maroc.
The official explained that the frequency of these flights varies from month to month depending on the request of the companies and according to a program adopted by the Algerian authorities.