GLG Network Survey: European Airports Outlook

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The GLG Surveys team interviewed 50 senior European airport executives.

What will you learn from this survey?

  • Respondents commented on passenger volume in 2020 compared to pre COVID-19 and provided their projections for 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:

  • Passenger volume is expected to increase towards the end of 2021. 78% of respondents stated they are expecting a volume of more than 1 million people in the last quarter of the year, up by 26% from the Q2/2021 figures.
  • A return to pre COVID-19 passenger volume is expected by 36% of the respondents to happen no later than the second half of 2022, with the majority of experts projecting it for the first half of 2023.
  • The overall opinion about the introduction of COVID-19 passports is positive. Most respondents (80%) stated that COVID-19 passports will be capable of aligning with individual country entry requirements/restrictions and quarantine regulations.


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.
  • In-depth PowerPoint report of survey findings presented by the Network Member via webcast (optional).


  • How did the passenger volume change for the following periods in 2020 compared to the same periods in 2019 at your airport?
  • What are your projections for passenger volume for the rest of 2021 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?
  • How has the easing of the rules requiring airlines to ‘use or lose’ their slots in response to the decline in passenger numbers impacted the value of slots at your airport?
  • What is the projected level of employee numbers for the end of 2021?
  • What is the projected number of employees during the peak summer season in the months of July and August for 2021?
  • In your view, which of the following European countries will recover first from the impact of COVID-19 in terms of lowest rates of COVID-19 infection per million of the population?
  • What is the projected revenue for the following airport areas in 2021?


The survey is available to subscribers of the Energy and Industrials (EI) sector (Limited subscriptions and above). Please contact your GLG representative for details on your firm’s access or click the button below to inquire.

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