Tourists return to Spain with a bang as passenger records for July are smashed at Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca airports

Tourists can't get enough of Spain with record July airport passenger numbers on Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca
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SPAIN’S airports saw the best-ever July for passenger numbers, as tourism continues to blossom following the Covid pandemic.

Operator Aena said on Monday that 29.76 million passengers used their airports last month- 10% more than the same month last year and beating the July 2019 record by 1.2%.

International travellers totalled 29.70 million, nearly 12% more than a year ago, with 9.28 million domestic passengers- 6% up on July 2022.

So far this year, 159.2 million people have used Spain’s airports- 20.6% more than last year and 1.2% up on the 2019 record figures.

There were double digit rises in passenger numbers over 12 months at Alicante-Elche, Malaga-Costa del Sol, and Valencia airports.

Alicante-Elche had 1.71 million travellers(up 12.7%); Malaga-Costa del Sol reported 2.43 million(up 17.8%); and Valencia stood at 1.03 million passengers(up 17.85)- all record July highs.

It was also the first time in Valencia airport’s history that it logged over a million passengers in a month.

Madrid, Barcelona, and Palma de Mallorca maintained their positions as Spain’s busiest airports.

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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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