Airport operator Aena raises traffic estimates for 2022 as tourism recovery gathers pace

June 10 (Reuters)Spanish airport operator Aena AENA.MC said on Friday it expects the flow of tourists through its terminals in Spain, Britain and Latin America to recover from the pandemic-induced crisis faster than it had anticipated previously.

Passenger traffic this year will reach between 75% and 85% of 2019 levels, the last full year before the pandemic hit, Aena said in a statement, up from a previous forecast of 68% of pre-pandemic levels. pandemics published in February.

With most COVID-related travel restrictions lifted in many countries in recent months, demand for summer travel has rebounded, causing traffic jams and hour-long queues at security checkpoints and passports as airlines, police departments and airport operators struggle to hire staff fast enough.

Despite the lack of visibility for the last quarter of the year, the company said its improved forecast is based on seats offered by airlines for the summer months.

In March, Aena said it expected airlines to book capacity of 216 million passengers in Spain during the summer, 1.6% more than in 2019. The airline also operates airports in Great Britain, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Jamaica.

(Reporting by Mariana Ferreira Azevedo; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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