The Costa del Sol continues to attract visitors from around the world, as well as from around Spain, according to airport operator AENA.
In April, Málaga Costa del Sol Airport recorded 7.5% more flights and 7.6% more passengers than in the same month of 2018. Specifically, 1,827,586 travellers moved on 13,236 flights.
The vast majority travelled on commercial connections. Of them, 1.5 million were on international flights, representing an annual increase of 7.3%. The number of international flights handled by the airport also increased with 7.2% more.
Just over a quarter of a million travellers were moving nationally between Spanish cities, which contributed to a 10.3% increase in domestic passenger numbers. Likewise, the number of domestic flights increased by 8.4% to reach 2,429 operations, when compared to the same month last year.
The UK remained the main source of international travellers with 548,502 passengers. This is a 3.4% increase when compared to last April. Brexit may be having a negative affect on British property buyers but not on tourism, it seems. German travellers increased in number by 7.5% to reach 156,259, while the number of French travellers visiting Spain jumped up 19.5% to 119,715 passengers.
The busiest day of April was the 13th. On that day the airport registered both the highest number of passengers and also the highest number of flights. Specifically, on that Saturday the airport dealt with 72,399 passengers and 501 flights.
Year to Date
April’s growth maintains the positive flow seen so far this year. In the first four months of 2019, over 5.2 million passengers travelled through Málaga on 39,687 flights, showing increases of 7.3% and 5.2%, respectively, compared to the same period last year.
The increases are seen in both the domestic and international markets. So far this year there has been 4.3 million international passengers (+7%) moving on 29,514 international flights (+5.6%).
Domestic flights across the first four months of the year number 8,897, on which 885,772 passengers (+11.4%) travelled.