As the mercury rises, so does the number of visitors to the Costa del Sol. Thus, in May, Malaga Airport saw almost 2 million passengers travelling on almost 14,000 flights!
Specifically, the airport handled 1,914,220 passengers in May, an increase of 4.2% when compared to the same month in 2018. Travellers moved on 13,988 flights, up 6.1% year-on-year, according to data from airport operator AENA.
The vast majority of passengers moved on commercial flights, of which 1.6 million were international travellers representing an annual increase of 3.7%. This was an increase in international flights of 4.1%, and an increase in international passengers of 3.7%.
Just over 250,000 passengers were travelling between other Spanish cities, contributing to a 7.7% annual increase in the number of domestic passengers. Similarly, the number of domestic flights increased by 9.9%, to reach 2,521 take-offs/landings.
The UK remained as the main source/destination of international travellers passing through Malaga, with 617,384 passengers (+2.9%). This is in spite of predictions that the Brits would go elsewhere due to the uncertainty of Brexit; they still love Spain. German passengers numbered 155,108, while 125,791 French passengers were handled.
The busiest day for both passenger numbers and flight operations was Saturday 25th, when the airport handled over 70,000 passengers moving on 503 flights.
The data for May maintains the positive traffic statistics seen so far this year. In the first five months of 2019 Malaga airport has handled over 7 million passengers on over 53,000 flights, increases of 6.4% and 5.5%, respectively, when compared to the same period in 2018.
The increases are seen in both the domestic and international markets. Malaga airport recorded just over 6 million passengers (+6.1%) between January and May, and 40,488 international flights (+5.2%). Domestic travellers over the first five months amount to 1,136,121 (+10.6%), who moved on 11,418 flights (+8.8%).