Aena passenger traffic soars 23.4% year-on-year across Spain

By Kristiane Sherry |

Tenerife Norte-Ciudad de la Laguna Airport Aena passenger traffic Spain

Aena passenger traffic has now exceeded pre-pandemic levels. Pictured: Tenerife Norte-Ciudad de la Laguna Airport. Photo: Aena.

Recovery continues apace across Spain where Aena passenger traffic climbed 23.4% year-on-year to hit almost 130 million passengers for the first half of 2023.

Passenger numbers are now 1.2% higher than the same period in 2019, exceeding pre-pandemic volumes. 

In June alone, 26.5 million passengers travelled across the Spanish network, an increase of 9% year-on-year. Occupancy levels exceeded 88%.

From January to June inclusive, the group saw 1,130,758 aircraft movements (+10.% YoY) and handled 507,543 tonnes of cargo (+2.8% YoY).

Both aircraft movements and cargo volumes have exceeded 2019 levels, by 0.5% and 1.6% respectively. 

In March 2023, Aena reported its total sales from commercial activity had reached 2019 levels. Commercial revenues totalled  €1,243.8 million, an increase of 37.5% year-on-year.

Aena passenger traffic: Reduced flight schedules

Airlines reduced flight schedules in June to a greater extent than in April and May, Aena said in a statement. 

July schedules look similar to the levels seen in the same month in 2019. 

Of the passenger split, just over 10m travelled internationally (+10% YoY), while 8.3m took domestic flights (+6.9% YoY).

Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport ranked the busiest in June, with 5.1m passengers (+13.1% YoY). Barcelona-El Prat Josep Tarradellas Airport ranked second with 4.4m (+9.8%), followed by Palma de Mallorca Airport at 3.8m (+2.5%).

Some fast growing destinations include Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport, which soared 14.3% to hit 2.1m passengers, and Alicante Elche Airport, which saw numbers climb 12% to 1.5m. 

Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport also topped the rankings for both aircraft movements and cargo. Barcelona El Prat Josep Tarradellas Airport ranked second across both.

Earlier this month, Lagardère Travel Retail opened “The Gallery In Barcelona”, an innovative hybrid concept that combines a fashion boutique and a stylish gourmet bar.

In May, Dufry and Lagardère Travel Retail were announced as the victors in Aena’s Spanish airports duty free tender.

Back in February, Aena shared that its retail strategy hinged on digitisation, differentiation and optimising supply chain.

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