14 Feb, 2023 @ 09:15
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Spain’s Malaga airport exceeds pre-pandemic passenger figures in January

Malaga–Costa del Sol Airport leads in Spain’s recovery of air travel demand post Covid-19 Pandemic
Malaga–Costa del Sol Airport leads in Spain’s recovery of air travel demand post Covid-19 Pandemic. Credit: Pixabay

MALAGA-Costa del Sol airport has closed January with 10.5% more passengers figures than in 2019.

For the first time, Malaga has registered higher passenger rates compared with pre-pandemic numbers.

In fact, the airport was used by 1,120,167 travellers in January—10.5% more than in 2019—and by 60.9% in January of last year, 2022.

According to Aena reports, of the more than 1.1 million passengers, 864,341 opted for flights abroad, which represented a growth of 6.3% compared to January 2019 and 60.5% more than in the first month of last year.

Additionally, aircraft landings and takeoffs exceeded 9,000, representing 5.8% more than in 2019, with domestic flights rising by 26.3% above pre-pandemic levels.

Internationally, the UK remains the most popular destination with 216,828 passengers in January, followed by the Netherlands, with 79,653; Germany, with 66,747; and Italy, with 55,026.

The remaining 250,967 commercial passengers travelled to or from a Spanish city, which, according to Aena ‘consolidates the strength of the domestic market by significantly surpassing the records of 2019.’

Malaga-Costa del Sol airport, the main gateway for international tourism to Andalucia, ranks third on the peninsula in terms of user volume, behind Madrid and Barcelona.


Cristina Hodgson

Half English, half Spanish animal person. Cristina loves writing about all things fitness, travel and culture, she is also a script writer and novelist. When she's not typing away, you can find her enjoying outdoor sports somewhere off the beaten track in Andalucia. If you have a story get in touch! [email protected]

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