Spain welcomed close to nine million passengers from foreign airports in August, accounting for 87% of those who came in the same month of 2019, according to figures released yesterday by Turespaa from Aena. This report indicates intense recovery of Spain tourism industry.
According to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, these data are “very positive because they confirm the intense recovery of Spain tourism sector that is resisting well the uncertainty generated by the war and inflation.” “Our forecasts for the autumn are good, although within the prudence that is necessary to have in such complex times,” she added.
Schenghen Visa reports that travellers leaving from all major countries increased in August. One in four travellers was from the United Kingdom, and they mostly travelled to the Balearic Islands. UK travellers made up 78.6% of low-cost airline travellers. 2,240,299 passengers in total travelled through Spanish airports from the UK market, an 84.6% increase over 2019.
From Germany, 1,338,855 passengers arrived, 14.9% of the total, who mainly went to the Balearic Islands. In the case of this market, the proportion of passengers choosing traditional airlines versus ‘low cost’ is practically split 50/50 (51.8% in traditional airlines-48.2% in low cost). The German market accounted for 87% of pre-pandemic arrivals.
831,581 travellers from Italy also took flights, mostly to Catalonia. Eight out of ten Italian travellers flew on budget carriers. 711,189 French travellers mostly travelled to the same places.