More than two million travelers (2,102,812) arrived in Spain in July from international airports, a decrease of 80% compared to the same month of the previous year, according to data released today by Turespaña, dependent on the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism. It is the fifth consecutive month in which the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis have manifested in international flight arrivals bound for Spain.
"Despite the fact that COVID-19 continues to affect the arrival of international tourists, these data reflect that Spain continues to be a destination sought after and chosen by the main source markets," said the Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdes; "The Government considers that greater coordination at the European level is crucial to avoid new travel restrictions, strengthen the instruments to control the pandemic and improve information mechanisms on the epidemiological situation with greater territorial disaggregation."
The majority of international travelers used a low-cost airline, 61.1% compared to those who flew with traditional airlines (38.9%). From January to July, travelers arriving in Spain from international airports totaled 15,556,082, 71.4% less when compared to the same period of the previous year.
By source markets, almost half of the international travelers arriving in Spain (923,593) came from Germany (23.6%) and the United Kingdom (20.3%), followed by countries in the Schengen area such as the Netherlands (9%) , France (8.5%), Italy (7.5%), Belgium (6.1%), Switzerland (5.3%), Poland (2.7%), Ireland (1.8%) and Sweden (1.7%).
The Balearic Islands were the Autonomous Community with the most arrivals (29.6% of the total), followed by Andalusia (15.5%), Valencian Community (14.5%), Catalonia (13.5%), Community of Madrid (13% ) and the Canary Islands (11.4%). Therefore, seven out of ten international travelers who arrived in Spain in July did so in one of these six autonomous communities.
Palma de Mallorca airport received the most international passengers (21.6% of the total), followed by Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas (13%); Malaga (12.9%), Barcelona (12.1%), Alicante (10%), Ibiza (6.1%), Valencia (4.5%), Tenerife South (4.3%), Fuerteventura (2 , 5%) and Gran Canaria (2.5%).