PASSENGER numbers improved substantially in 2021 across Spain’s airports compared to the previous year but remained well below pre-pandemic levels.
Airport operator Aena said nearly 120 million passengers travelled last year- a 57.7% rise on the 2020 total when the pandemic broke out and services were grounded for months.
Last year’s passenger total though is only 43.6% of the total reached in 2019.
International travellers were 64.3% fewer than two years earlier with a 39.2% drop in domestic users.
The two busiest airports were Madrid(24.1 million journeys) and Barcelona(18.8 million journeys).
Palma de Mallorca recorded the biggest annual rise with 14.4 million passengers- up by 137.3% on 2020 figures.
Ibiza also recorded a 129.9% annual increase with 4.8 million passengers.
The most promising month in terms of percentages was December.
Nearly 70% of 2019 figures for the same month were recovered with 12.6 million travellers.
- Malaga airport set to receive 7,854 flights between January and February
- Costa Blanca airport gets a million passengers in a month for first time since COVID-19 pandemic hit Spain
- Ryanair cuts flights in and out of Spain this January due to COVID-19
- New budget flights will serve holiday hotspots in Spain like the Balearic Islands and Costa Blanca