The airports in the Aena registered 5,889,921 passengers in May, 76.1% less than in the same month of 2019, as well as 105,533 aircraft movements (-50.7%) and 75,590 tons of merchandise (-11.9%).
According to Aena, in May the traffic levels, mainly passengers, continue to be reduced due to mobility restrictions both in Spain and in the rest of the world caused by Covid-19, although after the end of the state of alarm and the evolution of the epidemiological situation with the advance of vaccination, «there is an improvement in the behavior of demand and in the offer that the airlines are putting on the market.
The declaration of the state of alarm in Spain, in mid-March 2020, meant the home confinement of the entire country and, therefore, the prohibition of any non-essential displacement. In addition, the pandemic has implied restrictions on mobility around the world. Due to the above, Aena has suppressed the comparison with the 2020 data, given “the lack of representativeness of the same”. As an example, the company points out that, compared to 2020, the comparison is 2,100.4% more in passenger traffic, 496.7% more in operations and 67.7% more in cargo.
Of the total number of travelers registered in May, 5,842,778 corresponded to commercial passengers, of which 3,205,931 traveled on domestic flights, 56.3% less than in May 2019, and 2,636,847 did so on international flights, 84.7% less.
The airport Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas registered the highest number of passengers in May, with 1,268,338, which represents a decrease of 75.7% compared to May 2019; followed by Palma de Mallorca, with 854,595 (-73.1%); Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat, with 852,251 (-81.8%); Gran Canaria, with 381,097 (-59%); Malaga-Costa del Sol, with 375,721 (-80.4%); Tenerife North-City of La Laguna, with 274,788 (-44.7%); Ibiza, with 258,374 (-70.9%) and Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández, with 219,839 (-84.3%).
Operations and merchandise
Regarding the number of operations, the airport that registered the highest number of movements in May was Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, with a total of 14,051 and a 62.3% drop compared to May 2019; followed by Palma de Mallorca, with 9,402 flights (-58.9%); Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat, with 9,342 (-70%); Gran Canaria, with 5,628 (-41.3%); Malaga-Costa del Sol, with 5,316 (-62%); Tenerife North-City of La Laguna, with 4,433 (-30.6%); Ibiza, with 3,828 (-51%), and Seville, with 3,328 (-44.2%).
In addition, the airports that mainly had non-commercial activity and that recorded the highest number of movements in May 2021 were Madrid-Four Winds, with 6,910 operations and 39% more compared to 2019; Sabadell, with 5,303 (+ 14.5%), and Jerez, with 4,103 (-17.7%). Regarding merchandise, during the month of May 75,590 tons of cargo were transported throughout the network, 11.9% less compared to the same month of 2019, due to the fact that a significant part of the usual cargo is moved on commercial aircraft of passengers.
The four airports that registered the highest freight traffic were Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, with 40,822 tons and 9.3% less than in 2019; Zaragoza, with 12,785 tons (-0.6%); Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat, with 10,557 tons (-27.7%), and Vitoria, 5,775 tons (+ 2.1%).