GLG Network Survey Tracker: European Airports III

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GLG interviewed 50 senior European airport executives who discussed current trends within the industry.

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 and second wave conducted in October 2021.
  • The research assessed the 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 pessimistic on the timeline for returning to pre COVID-19 passenger volumes, with only 30% estimating this will happen by the end of 2022 compared to 78% recorded in October 2021.
  • There has been a shift in terms of the perceived factors that will contribute to recovery, with 37% now believing the most important factor is a globally approved standard for international travel – a considerable raise from just 8% in April 2021.
  • In April 2022, 90% of the experts stated they expect duty free outlets’ revenues to return to pre-COVID-19 levels before the end of 2023.


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.

The standard deliverable includes: 

  • 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 2022 in terms of number of destinations served?
  • How are your airline clients planning to operate their air services in 2022 in terms of frequency of air services?
  • What is the projected revenue for the following airport areas in 2022?
  • What is the projected level of employee numbers for the end of 2022?
  • 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?

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.

Request other available and upcoming Network Surveys within the sector:

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    • Questionnaire was drafted by Gerard Kuperfarb, former Group Head of Growth and Innovation at Holcim Ltd.
  • Freight Forwarding – New!​ 
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    • Questionnaire was drafted by Lars Bjorn Olsen, former CFO at Norfolkline.



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