13 Mar, 2023 @ 17:15
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Winter boom with record passenger numbers for Spain’s Costa Blanca and Valencia airports

Record February Passenger Levels For Spain's Costa Blanca And Valencia Airports (2)

PASSENGER numbers at Alicante-Elche and Valencia airports reported a second successive record month, according to February’s figures released on Monday by airport operator Aena.

The Alicante-Elche total of 790,766 was the highest February figure since the airport opened in 1967- and up 1% on the previous best recorded in 2019.

The percentage rise at Valencia’s Manises airport was even higher- a rise of 6% on its 2019 record figure- with a total of 555,683 travellers.

After two record-breaking months, the signs augur well for the rest of the year as the travel market in Spain continues to recover strongly after the Covid pandemic.

Alicante-Elche’s international travellers were back to 99% of 2019 levels with domestic passengers up by 12.8% over four years.

Valencia reported a 2% international rise, with a 16.9% increase on domestic services.

Compared to a year earlier, Alicante-Elche’s total was up by 35.5% with a 41.9% increase for Valencia.

United Kingdom passengers once again dominated Alicante-Elche with 267,268 out of the 790,766 total, followed a long way behind by Dutch arrivals on 70,452.

One country that’s continuing to rise is Poland- sixth on the international arrivals list with 26,908 travellers.

As for Valencia, the biggest foreign group came from Italy on 87,054, followed by the United Kingdom with 50,376.


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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