Passenger numbers at London Luton airport dropped 56% last month as the coronavirus crisis continued to hurt the travel industry.
There were 820,000 people that travelled through the airport in August, down from 1.7 million a year earlier.
That represents an improvement on July, but across the summer as a whole (June, July and August) the total number of passengers was 75% lower than the same period in 2019.
Airlines and airports have seen customer demand dramatically fall due to lockdowns, travel restrictions, quarantine concerns and worries about Covid-19.
Alberto Martin, chief executive of London Luton airport, said: “While I’m pleased to have welcomed more passengers during August, it’s a long way from our normal busy holiday period. We’ve seen an encouraging rise in seat sales in recent months, but we also need to be realistic about what the future holds.”
Martin added: “With summer drawing to a close, and with quarantine measures continuing to be imposed, urgent Government support for the sector will be vital to ensure that the crisis of the aviation sector does not worsen and the livelihoods of the thousands of people who rely on it are not jeopardised.”
The airport, which is operated and developed by a consortium of which the majority shareholder is AENA, and AMP Capital, has implemented a number of health and safety measures since the virus outbreak. Protective screens at customer service points have been installed as have hand sanitiser stations throughout the airport.