PARIS, July 28 (Reuters) - French airport operator ADP
has revised down its forecast for air traffic through
its Paris hubs this year, citing renewed international
restrictions on travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company said it was now operating on the assumption that
Paris traffic in 2021 would be between 30% and 40% of 2019
figures. The previous assumption had been for traffic through
Paris of between 35% and 45% of 2019 levels.
Speaking on a conference call with reporters, Philippe
Pascal, ADP's finance head, said of the revision: "It's out of
caution at this stage."
He said the revision was prompted by the fact that some
restrictions on international travel were still in place in some
The global travel industry, which has been severely affected
by the pandemic, had been anticipating a bounceback this summer
as levels of vaccinations rise in many developed countries and
governments ease restrictions.
But expectations of a strong recovery have proved
over-optimistic, with many people choosing to holiday at home
because of the uncertainty linked to COVID-19.
(Reporting by Christian Lowe; editing by David Evans)