77% of 2019 departing passengers recovered in 1ST Quarter of 2022; Recovery of 86% in March 2022 versus 2019

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Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA) can report as follows on AUA Airport’s performance for the 1st quarter of 2022; like 2021, it was a slow start, however with a satisfying recovery rate versus the same period in 2019. The total amount of revenue generating passengers (departing passengers) handled in the 1st quarter of 2022 during January, February and March represented a total recovery of 77% versus 2019.

1st Quarter 2022 per month

In January 2022, AUA Airport handled 76,741 departing passengers. This was 16% less than the December of 2021 and was a direct result of the Omicron variant that gripped the world at that time. The same effect was noticeable during February also where AUA Airport handled 77,599 which was a mere 1% more than the month before. In March however the numbers increased considerably to 104,462 which was an increase of 35% versus February 2022. During these first three months of 2022 199,092 passengers (pax) travelled to the US, 7,141 pax to Canada, 21,375 pax to Europe, 8,852 pax to the Netherlands Antilles, and 22,342 pax to Latin America.

An average outbound passenger load factor (PLF) (number of seats of the total seats on board an aircraft that are occupied when departing from AUA Airport) for the US Market of 57%, 69% and 86% were reported for respectively the months of January, February, and March. The average PLF for all markets was respectively 61%, 71% and 85% during that same period. In March we reached thus the same level of average outbound PLF for all markets as that of 2019, which was 85%.

During the past months, AUA Airport averaged 31 flights per day, down from an average of 41 daily flights during the same period in 2019.

During January, February, and March AUA Airport recovered respectively 66%, 79% and 86% of the amount of departing passengers that were handled in those same months in 2019. The recovery in total for the first quarter of 2022 amounted to 77% versus 2019, which was up 39% points versus the recovery enjoyed in 2021.

About AUA Airport

AUA Airport is one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean region, with 22 different airlines operating into Aruba contributing to processing over 2.5 million passengers per year (pre-covid) and providing air service to 28 destinations worldwide. AUA Airport is operationally solid where over 95% of all visitors are leisure guests: 80% from the United States & Canada, 9% from Latin America, 8% from Europe, and 3% from Dutch Caribbean, year to date, March 2022. AUA Airport attributes this to the island’s stable economic and political climate, hospitable and multilingual population, and safe environment. AUA Airport undergoes continuous upgrades to maintain its position as one of the region’s most innovative airports.

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