Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport had a record-breaking August, the busiest since its creation 100 years ago. Over 2.2 million passengers passed through in August, 4.1% more than in the same month in 2018. Both foreign and domestic numbers increased, according to data from airport operator AENA.
The bulk of users travelled on commercial flights (excluding executive aviation), totalling 2,198,414 passengers. Of these, 1,902,736 did so with origin or destination in a foreign city, while 295,678 were travelling on domestic connections.
In both cases, the growth was very similar, with a 4% increase for passengers on international flights and 5.1% increase for those who travelled within Spain.
Regarding international traffic, the markets with the highest demand were the United Kingdom (696,538 passengers in connections with that country), Germany (163,177) and France (153,242). Traffic from Holland (115,631) and Ireland (111,546) were also very significant.
The destinations with a more prominent increase were Irish and Italian, with a rise of 23.6% and 8.3%, respectively.
In terms of the number of flight operations, Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport served 15,641 flights in August (15,157 were commercial), 2% more than in the same month of 2018.
Saturday, August 10, was the busiest day for flight numbers, reaching 555 landings and takeoffs. The peak day in passenger numbers was Sunday 4, when 77,743 passengers passed through the airport.
Since January, passenger numbers have reached a massive 13,649,605, representing an increase of 5.6 % compared to the same period of 2018.
Of the commercial passengers (13,613,560), 1,994,770 travelled on flights between Spanish airports (+ 9.7%) and 11,618,790 did so on international flights (+ 5.2%).
As far as operations are concerned, the airport registered 99,703 flights between January and August (96,534 commercial), 4.3% more than last year.