The head of Australia’s busiest airport says passenger numbers have not returned to pre-pandemic levels and the industry isn’t ready to handle it if they did.
Air travel still below pre-pandemic levels
Passenger traffic through Sydney Airport remains less than 75 per cent of the pre-pandemic level, with international travel lagging even further.
Sydney Airport’s passenger data for July shows almost two million domestic passengers and 844,000 international passengers passed through the airport, down 15.5 per cent and 42.2 per cent on the same month in 2019.
The airport’s chief executive Geoff Culbert said the aviation industry could not cope with a return to pre-pandemic traffic levels, with passenger demand recovering faster than the workforce.
“Everyone across the industry is working hard to rebuild their teams, but with the ongoing labour shortages it’s going to take time,” Mr Culbert said in a statement on Tuesday.