Passenger traffic fell by nearly 50% last June at Aimé Césaire airport. This decline is 67% in the first half of 2021, compared to the same period in 2019, according to the operating company (SAMAC).
Martinique airport recorded a -46.47% drop in passenger traffic last June compared to the same period in 2019, i.e. 73,590 passengers transported (transit included).
The compelling reasons for travel and the health measures imposed between Martinique and France, Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin, St Barth and Guyana, continued to accentuate the drop in traffic.
Fort-de-France – Paris: -35%
The long haul has benefited from the lifting of the compelling reasons for travel, however marked by reinforced measures for unvaccinated travelers, (including a period of isolation of 7 days in both directions) observes the management of the airport, “thus slowing the revival of traffic” i.e. -35.56% of traffic, still compared to 2019.
However, we will note an improvement in traffic in the second half of June in this segment thanks to the optimization of flight programs by the airlines.
Drop in inter-island traffic as well
The Guadeloupe segment shows a decrease of -45.32% compared to 2019, but an increase of + 63% compared to June 2020, with 17,465 passengers transported, indicates the platform.
The lifting of confinement in Guadeloupe at the end of May and a 3rd phase of deconfinement put in place from June 9, will not have made it possible to restore more fluid traffic between the two islands.
Very sharp drop on the Guyana axis
-83.12%, or 970 passengers transported in June between Cayenne and Lamentin, figures which speak for themselves. From the 3rd week of April, “the reduction in rotation frequencies to 2 weekly flights on the Guyanese line and the strengthening of health measures continue to affect this traffic” observe the company.
“Positive result” for postal freight
Only satisfaction notes the SAMAC, it is this “positive result” de la Poste, i.e. + 39.79% compared to the same period in 2020.
In 2021, postal continuity is being organized thanks to the maintenance of European chartered flights and now, a predominant part of the maritime sector by customer choice, since the overhaul of Overseas parcels.
But compared to 2019, there is a drop in postal traffic of around -18% according to the operator’s statistics.
“Since the start of 2021, air traffic at Martinique Aimé Césaire Airport has fallen by -67%” over the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2019, “last reference year before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic” underlines SAMAC.