Eindhoven Airport showed flexibility, resilience and a strong recovery in 2022
After two years of coronavirus, 2022 turned out to be another exceptional year for airports, and certainly for Eindhoven Airport. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, the drop in the number of flights and passengers, were still being felt in early 2022. But the recovery in air traffic was quick and strong, and passenger numbers also picked up. After two years of travel restrictions, people we very eager to travel by plane to visit family or friends or to go on a long-awaited holiday. And this is proven by the passenger figures, which rose from 2.7 million in 2021 to 6.3 million in 2022. Before COVID-19 (in 2019), the airport welcomed 6.7 million passengers. This is reflected in the Annual Report 2022 that shareholders approved on Wednesday, 12 April.
Roel Hellemons, CEO of Eindhoven Airport: “After a difficult start to the year, 2022 was characterised by a strong recovery in air traffic and passenger numbers. But we also faced challenges during the year, such as long queues and passengers missing their flights due to understaffing at security control. We responded to these challenges together with our partner companies. In addition, we offered a generous compensation scheme to passengers who were not reimbursed anywhere else for missing their flight. The staff of Eindhoven Airport and its partners showed commendable and unparalleled flexibility and resilience in 2022.”
In 2022, Eindhoven Airport saw 40,252 million flight movements. In the previous year, the total was 21,704. This is an 85.5 percent increase in the number of flight movements in 2022 compared to 2021. Flights were operated to 87 destinations in 2022, a rise of eight flight destinations compared to 2021. The number of passengers in 2022 totaled 6.3 million (2021: 2.7 million). This means that the passenger numbers in 2022 were 133 percent higher than in 2021. The net results in 2022 totaled EUR 18.8 million (2021: EUR -2.3 million). The revenue for Eindhoven Airport increased by 123 percent to EUR 80.6 million in 2022 (2021: EUR 36.2 million). This was primarily driven by the sharp increase in passenger numbers and flight movements after the first months.
Eindhoven Airport also held its course in 2022 by focusing on further increasing the quality of the airport, improving sustainability and maintaining dialogue with the surrounding area. A third-party car park was acquired in 2022, providing additional parking capacity at P3. Plans for the terminal expansion were also presented. The airport worked very hard to study new opportunities and options to reach our energy transition goals. In addition, preliminary talks were held and studies were conducted to substantially expand the number of solar panels on the terminal roof. Furthermore, the electrification of equipment on the platform is well underway. More than 65% have already been converted from diesel-powered to electric. The Eindhoven Airport Consultative Structure (LEO) has held several meetings. A number of municipal councils were also invited for a tour and information session at the airport. Furthermore, the Board of Directors spoke with representatives from different local residents' associations on various topics. Roel Hellemons: “Eindhoven Airport remains committed to becoming an even better airport in 2023 with respect to the region we have been part of for 90 years.”
Check here for the Annual Report 2022 (Dutch only).