15 Nov, 2021 @ 12:51
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Costa Blanca airport gets a million passengers in a month for first time since COVID-19 pandemic hit Spain

Costa Blanca airport breaks million passenger mark for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic started in Spain
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.

OVER a million passengers used Alicante-Elche airport in October- the first time the million mark has been passed in 20 months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Airport owner, Aena, said 1,070,617 people used the facility last month compared to just 241,178 a year earlier.

935,581 of last month’s users were foreign travellers.

The airport was Spain’s fifth-busiest in October.

The overall total is still half-a-million down on the October 2019 total, six months before the pandemic began.

4.6 million people have used Alicante-Elche airport this year which so far adds up to nearly a million more than the whole of 2020.

It’s all still a far cry from the record-breaking 2019 total of 15.3 million travellers.

Aena has previously said that it could take until 2024 to reach pre-pandemic passenger levels.

The airport nevertheless is running a ‘low season’ flight schedule similar to two years ago.

27,800 services have been announced until March 26 with an estimated five million potential travellers.

Image 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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