13 Oct, 2021 @ 16:30
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Costa Blanca airport suffers 40% fall in travellers to Spain compared to September 2019

airport suffers 40% fall in travellers to Spain compared to September 2019
Passengers look at the flight information boards at Alicante airport, Spain, as hundreds of people have been told their return flights have been cancelled following the UK government warning against travel to the Spanish mainland because of its high levels of COVID-19 cases. Picture date: Saturday August 1, 2020.

PASSENGER numbers at Alicante-Elche airport still have a long way to go in order to match pre-pandemic figures.

Figures for September from airport operator Aena show that 909,985 people used the facility, 41.4% less than September 2019.

There were 7.422 flights in and out of the airport, a fall of 26.1% in two years.

The figures were marginally lower than the national average in the Aena network last month that logged 16.31 million passengers, down by 40% on the September 2019 numbers.

So far this year, 76.54 million passengers have used Aena’s airports, down by 41.6% on the first nine months of 2019.

Alicante-Elche airport had the fifth-highest passenger figures last month, with Madrid’s Barajas airport the busiest.

An Aena study suggests that it will take until 2026 for Alicante-Elche to return to the 15 million passenger milestone that it reached two years ago.

It projects ten million passengers next year, a figure that was hit for the first time in 2013.

PHOTO CREDIT: Cordon Press


Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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