A 45% drop in traffic at Pôle Caraïbes airport in September, 32% for the Northern Islands


Guadeloupe-Pôle Caraïbes airport recorded a 45% drop in traffic in September 2020, compared to the same month in 2019.

The trend observed during the summer period (-44% over July and August 2020) therefore continued in September, despite the resumption in early July of transatlantic traffic and the gradual increase in capacity on the regional network. The filling rates are still much lower than those observed in previous years and traffic remains severely affected by the consequences of the health crisis.

Towards the metropolis, traffic fell by more than 40% over the month of September, with 47 passengers in 000 against 2020 last year, a decrease of 78 passengers. The airlines Air France, Air Caraïbes and Corsair have maintained daily frequencies to Paris, i.e. a capacity in terms of number of seats, corresponding to 000% of the 31 level, for the same period. However, the load factor remains significantly below the values ​​observed in September 000, with a decrease of 71 points in the average load factor, which stands at 2019% against 2019% last year. This decrease alone generates a decrease of nearly 13 passengers, or about 64/77 of the decrease recorded on this network.

Traffic to the Northern Islands (Saint-Martin and Saint-Barth) is down 32%, with just over 8 passengers against around 500 last year over the same period. Despite the increase in the frequencies of the routes operated by Air Caraïbes and Air Antilles on this network, the resurgence of the Covid-12 epidemic in Guadeloupe, from the middle of the month, weighed on traffic, slowing the encouraging trend observed during the summer months.

Towards Martinique and Guyana, traffic, down 50% (13 passengers transported against 000 last year), also remains impacted by the resurgence of the epidemic, first in Guyana, then in Guadeloupe, despite 26 to 000 frequencies daily operated by regional carriers and the absence of travel restrictions between Guadeloupe and Martinique, until the end of September.

Traffic to Caribbean destinations (excluding the French Antilles) and North America are also in significant decline with respectively -74% and -62% of traffic. Despite a resumption of flights to Canada in July and August, the quarantine measures imposed by the country on arrival and the low level of traffic led to the suspension of the line to Montreal in September and October. Connections to the United States have not restarted, as have flights to Caribbean destinations, with a few rare exceptions.

Total traffic down 47% over the first 9 months compared to 2019

Over the first 9 months of 2020, total traffic at Guadeloupe Pôle Caraïbes airport is down 47% compared to the same period in 2019. As a reminder, the cumulative drop in traffic at the end of February was 1,7 %. At the end of September 2020, a little less than 1 passengers had been received, compared with nearly 030 passengers at the end of September 000, ie around 1 fewer passengers.

Despite a slight improvement over the summer season, caution remains in order, especially given the deterioration of the epidemiological situation in Guadeloupe, but also in France Hexagonal and in Europe, which reinforces the uncertainty on the reopening of borders and the date resumption of certain links (USA, etc.)

The landing forecast, on December 31, 2020, in passenger traffic expects a 50% drop over the year as a whole; or a total of 1,2 million passengers received, against 2,5 million last year!


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