UK airports are approaching the level of activity last seen in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic

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Targa Telematics, a technology company specialising in IoT solutions for connected mobility, has confirmed the findings based on analysis of hourly usage data received from airside ground support vehicles.

The company manages a total of more than two million connected and distributed assets, including vehicles operating within airports across the world.

Analysing the average monthly hours of activity of each vehicle, the company determined the level of activity in UK airports in the first six months of 2022 was at 84% of the level in the same period in 2019.  

The data supports a positive trend line back to historic levels of activity, with April and May 2022 reaching 92% and 98% of the respective levels of April and May 2019. June 2022 has seen a further increase, with activity levels at 99.3% compared to the same month in 2019. 

These statistics represent a significant increase compared to activity levels experienced in 2021 when travel restrictions continued to significantly curtail the number of flights at UK airports. In fact, the increase in airport activity in the first six months of 2022 is almost 3 times higher than in the same period of 2021.   

Targa Telematics provides its services in many of the airports in the UK, including Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, as well as London Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, and Stansted.

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