The arrival of passengers to Spain from international airports grew in May by 71% compared to the previous month, reaching 1,396,549 travelers, the best figure recorded since August 2020. Even so, the figure is still 84.2% lower to that reached in the same month of 2019, according to the latest situation note published today by Turespaña.
“Although we are still far from the levels prior to the pandemic, the data indicate that we have begun a gradual recovery in mobility, which will increase with the advance of vaccination, the lifting of restrictions and the implementation of measures such as the EU-COVID digital certificate ”, has valued the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto.
Germany was the main air passenger issuing market in May, 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).
Balearic Islands, main destination
The Balearic Islands was the main Autonomous Community of destination, with 386,247 international passengers arriving 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.