The airport company hopes for a Summer bounce in traffic as it continues reopening its commercial operations

SWITZERLAND. Zürich Airport retail and dining turnover fell by almost -40% year-on-year in the first five months of 2021, to CHF69.7 million (US$77.9 million), with airside sales down by -65.8%.

Airside spend per departing passenger climbed by +18% in the period to CHF26 (US$29.09).

Zürich Airport retail and dining turnover figures for May were positively skewed by 2020 comparisons, but remain well down on 2019; click to enlarge

Commercial turnover reached CHF20.1 million (US$22.49 million) in May. Skewed by the comparison with May 2020, when air traffic reached a virtual standstill due to COVID-19, this was an increase of +156.7% compared to the figure of a year earlier.

Passenger traffic leapt by +927% to 450,500 also due to the comparison with the low in May last year. Compared to the corresponding month in 2019, passenger numbers were down by -83.4%.

As at many of its peer airports, average spend at Zürich (though from a modest traveller base) has remained high over recent months