The Azores saw a record number of passengers disembarking at airports in 2022, with more than 1.8 million, according to data released on Monday by the Regional Statistical Office (SREA).
January to December last year 1,842,460 passengers disembarked at Azores airports138,639 people (8.1%) more than in 2019, the year before the Covid-19 pandemic, when the largest number of arrivals in the region were recorded, according to SREA data provided by Lusa, dating back to 1986.
After a sharp decline in 2020 due to the pandemic with 638,821 arrivals, the region recorded a recovery in 2021 with 1,181,896 arrivals.
Compared to the same period, there was an increase of 55.9% in 2022.
“On all the islands, there is a positive trend in the disembarkation of passengers. compared to the previous year. The largest spread is San Miguel with 64.3% and for the first time exceeding one million disembarked passengers,” the SREA publication says.
The second island with the highest elevation was Terceira (56.9%), followed by Pico (47.5%), Faial (42.2%), Santa Maria (36.1%), Graciosa (27.7% ), Flores (26.3%), San Jorge (24.1%) and Corvo (16.6%).
By flight type, landings from inter-island flights stood out the most in 2022, with a total of 827,868 passengers, up 36.6% from the previous year.
Nevertheless, it was on international flights that the largest growth was observed compared to the same period last year (218.2%), while the number of disembarked passengers more than tripled (198,387).
Passengers on flights from mainland Portugal and Madeira increased by 58.9% to 816,205.
Year-on-year growth was recorded in every month of 2022.
Relative to December, whose data was published this Monday, there was a “positive variation of 26.4% compared to the same month of the previous year” and 20.8% compared to December 2019, with 118,819 passengers disembarked .
In terms of boarded passengers, 112,831, there was a “positive variation of 19.9% compared to December 2019 and 25.3% compared to the same month in 2021.”