The arrival of passengers to Spain from international airports grew 71% in May compared to the previous month, reaching 1.39 million travelers, the best figure recorded since August 2020. Even so, the figure is still 84.2% lower than that reached in the same month of 2019, according to the latest situation note published this Monday by Turespaña.
«Although still we are far from pre-pandemic levels, the data suggest that we have begun a gradual recovery of mobility, which will increase with the advancement of vaccination, the lifting of restrictions and the implementation of measures such as the EU-Covid digital certificate, “said the minister. of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto.
Between January and May, Spain received a total of 3.86 million international passengers, 70.9% and 88.7% less than 2020 and 2019, respectively. International passenger traffic of low-cost companies registered year-on-year decreases of 80.4% (-92.8%), while traditional companies had a reduction of 60.0% (-83.3%).
Turespaña data show that 66.4% of the total came from the European Union, experiencing a decrease of 64.5% (-86.4%). The flow from the rest of the world (33.6%) experienced a decrease of more than 78.5% (-91.5%).
Germany was the main source market in May of air passengers, with 407,431 travelers, 29.2% of the total; followed by France, with 191,035 passengers (13.7% of the total) and Switzerland, 98,329 (7% of the total).
The arrival of passengers from Germany increased by 4,173% (-71.4%), benefiting all communities, especially the Balearic Islands. CBC passenger traffic generated by Germany accounted for 33.4% of the total flow of these companies and grew by 13,256% year-on-year (-74.2%). For its part, the passenger traffic of traditional companies accounted for 25.8% of the total flow of these companies and grew 2,401% year-on-year (-67.8%).
France registered a year-on-year advance of 4,681% (-71%) that affected all the communities, but especially Madrid and Catalonia. French airports were the starting point for 9.2% of passengers arriving in Spain on traditional airlines and 19.3% on CBC.
Although traditionally The United Kingdom has been the main source market, it currently ranks seventh after Italy. The United Kingdom issued 3.4% of the passengers received in May, registering a year-on-year increase of 630.1% (-98%). Arrivals at CBC accounted for 4.4% of total passengers in this mode. Arrivals in traditional companies, 2.5% of the total number of passengers in this type of company, experienced a boost of 218.5% (-96.8%).
Growth in the six Autonomous Communities with the most arrivals was 3,065% (-83.9%). Madrid, Catalonia, the Canary Islands, Andalusia and the Valencian Community together accounted for 71.3% of the total air passengers arriving in Spain.
The Balearic Islands was the main Autonomous Community of destination, with
386,247 international passengers arrived at its airports (27.7% of the total); followed by the Community of Madrid, with 351,647 travelers (25.2% of the total); Catalonia, with 196,466 passengers (14.1% of the total); Canarias, with 159,292 (11.4%); Andalusia 152,292 (10.9%) and Comunidad Valenciana, with 136,806 (9.8%).
By airports, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas and Palma de Mallorca were the ones that registered the most activity, receiving 351,641 and 315,711 international passengers, respectively. Together they account for almost half of the arrivals (47.8%). 195,840 international passengers arrived in Barcelona (14% of the total) and in Malaga, 134,057 travelers (9.6%).
55.4% of international air passengers arriving in Spain in May chose traditional companies to fly, while 44.6% opted for low-cost companies.