In the 3rd quarter 2020, national airports handled 5.4 million passengers, showing some recovery (-71.5%; -97.4% in the 2nd Q 2020).
In another range of variations, passenger transport by rail and by light railway systems also decreased less sharply (-40.3% and -51.3%, after -70.5% and -76.3% in the 2nd Q, respectively). A total of 27.6 million passengers were transported by rail and 31.6 million by light railway systems.
Inland waterways passenger transport decreased by 36.8% (-72.4% in the 2nd Q 2020), reaching 4.5 million passengers.
Freight transport by air and by land registered a less pronounced decrease: -39.0% in air transport (-57.4% in the 2nd Q 2020), -5.3% in rail transport (-14.2%) and -3.5% in road transport (-26.5%). Conversely, in maritime transport there was a residual increase of 0.2% (-22.6% in 2nd Q 2020).
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