GLG Tracker: European Airports II

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The GLG Surveys team interviewed 50 senior European airport executives. This is the second survey to follow the first one conducted in April 2021.

What will you learn from this survey?

  • Respondents commented on passenger volumes and how these have changed over time, revisiting the topics from the first wave in April 2021.
  • The research assessed main factors that can accelerate or slow down the recovery to pre COVID-19 levels and captured experts’ insights on airlines’ flights volume projections for the next 12 months.
  • Lastly, the survey also gathered airport executives’ views on COVID-19 passports and how their introduction will align with country quarantining restrictions, along with projections on countries that will recover fastest from the impact of COVID-19.

Examples of findings:

  • Respondents are more optimistic on the timeline for returning to pre COVID-19 passenger volumes, with 78% estimating this will happen by the end of 2022. Just 36% estimated this timeline 6 months ago.
  • There has been a shift in terms of the perceived factors that will contribute to recovery, with 40% now believing the most important factor is a globally approved standard for international travel – a considerable raise from just 8% in April 2021.
  • Revenues are now increasing in duty-free outlets, retail, and food and beverage. Just 6 months ago, 100% of respondents were experiencing revenue decreases. Six months on, 100% are seeing revenue increases.


The GLG Surveys team drafted the questionnaire with the support of GLG Network Member, Alex Kirby, Former Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors at Gatwick Airport.

  • 1 x Individual responses (“raw data”) in Excel.
  • 1 x PPT report with aggregated data.
  • Executive summary with key takeaways and highlights from the raw data.


  • What are the projected passenger volumes for the following years at your airport?
  • In your view, what are the main factors that will contribute the most to the recovery of the aviation industry?
  • How are your airline clients planning to operate their air services in 2021 in terms of number of destinations served?
  • How are your airline clients planning to operate their air services in 2021 in terms of frequency of air services?
  • Approximately, how was the annual revenue in 2021 vs 2020 for the following airport areas?
  • In your view, which of the following European countries will recover first from the impact of COVID-19 in terms of passenger volumes?
  • In your view, which of the following European countries will recover first from the impact of COVID-19 in terms of dependency of air travel for both business and leisure because of their geographic location?
  • In your view, which of the following European countries will recover first from the impact of COVID-19 in terms of governments providing legislative changes and financial support to facilitate the departure and arrival of travellers?


This survey is available to subscribers of the Energy and Industrials (EI) sector (Limited subscriptions and above). This offer includes the raw data file and a high-level presentation through PowerPoint. Please contact your GLG representative for details on your firm’s access.

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