Frankfurt Airport Slowly Recovering from COVID-19

The number of passengers at Frankfurt’s airport has decreased by 79 per cent from July 20 to 26, compared to the same time period last year.

Airport operator Fraport has reported that a total of 321,746 passengers were registered at Frankfurt’s airport, from July 20 to July 26, while the number during the last year, on the same period, was 79.7 per cent higher, reports.

Still, compared to the previous week, there have been 14,000 passengers more in Germany’s largest airport, marking a slight increase in the number of passengers. Compared to the same period last year, there is an 80.5 per cent decrease.

During June, the number of passengers dropped nearly 91 per cent, compared to the same period a year earlier.

As for the flight movements, the number has shown a decrease by 66.1 per cent compared to the same period one year earlier, while freight and airmail volumes dropped 18.4 per cent to 33,272 tons after a decrease of 18.9 per cent the previous week from the previous year.

To prevent an increase in the number of Coronavirus cases, due to summer travel, Germany’s Health Ministry announced that the airport will offer free COVID-19 tests to returning travellers at all Germany’s airports.

The tests would initially be non-mandatory, and the state would cover the costs in all cases, Berlin’s Health Minister, Dilek Kalayci stressed regarding the issue.

Since July 2, the country opened its doors for residents of 11 third-countries, considered by the EU Council as “safe”.

The Coronavirus situation left many Schengen visa holders stranded in Germany, due to travel restrictions and other imposed bans. Still, Germany, earlier this month announced that will permit all stranded internationals to continue staying in the country until September 30.

On June 15, the German Federal Minister of Interior, Horst Seehofer lifted the majority of border checks at the internal borders, after asserting that the Coronavirus situation permits such a step to be taken.

Germany also had previously reported that the country has extended the travel warning for its citizens wishing to travel to third-countries, until August 31, as a preventive measure in the fight against COVID-19.

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