14 February 2024

Airport activity during the Christmas break 2023/24: pre-Covid levels exceeded globally, but Italy lags behind.

At global level, last Christmas witnessed an increase of 23.12% relative to the same pre-Covid period (2019/20); Italy fell by 5.62%.


During the last Christmas break, the world’s airports resumed operations with greater activity than ever, even compared to pre-Covid levels in the same period. Italy nevertheless lagged behind, struggling to reach the peaks of Christmas 2019/20.

This is what emerges from the analysis of data on average daily hours of activity of airport service equipment (GSE – Ground Support Equipment) carried out by the Observatory of Targa Telematics, a leading global player in the field of technologies dedicated to the Internet of Things and the development of digital solutions and platforms for connected mobility.

The IT company has more than 3.2 million connected assets, including service vehicles (such as baggage tractors, passenger buses, luggage loaders, towing vehicles, etc.), that operate within airport areas.

More specifically, when looking at the classic interval characterising the Christmas break (December 22 to January 6) an increase of 23.12% was witnessed globally in 2023/24 compared to the same period in 2019/20 (the last before the pandemic).

Europe in general also performed well, with an increase of 5.88%, with the UK slightly behind, albeit still growing by 3.11%.

Italy lagged behind, reporting average daily airport service vehicle activity down by 5.62% compared to Christmas 2019/20 and still unable to achieve pre-Covid levels.




Targa Telematics is one of the main global players in the IoT field and in developing solutions and digital platforms for connected mobility. For over 20 years, the company has been bringing to the market a range of telematics technology solutions, smart mobility and IoT platforms for short and long-term rental companies, financial companies and large fleets, ranging from insurance telematics to asset and fleet management, from remote diagnostics and telemetry of vehicles, professional and construction vehicles, to the management of airport vehicles. Following the acquisition of Viasat Group – finalized in 2023 – Targa Telematics has strengthened its footprint in European markets – thanks to a strong presence in countries such as Italy, the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Poland and Romania – as well as Chile. The company is able to work on projects at international level with dedicated local teams. Targa Telematics participates to the United Nations Global Compact and adheres to its principles-based approach to responsible business.

For more information: www.targatelematics.com



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