Aena posts 18% lift in intl passenger traffic across its Spain airports in 2023

By Luke Barras-hill |

Aena handled 283.2 million passengers through its Spanish airports network in 2023 – up 16.2% on 2022.

The result is an all-time record and puts Aena 2.9% up on the previous pre-Covid record achieved in 2019, when Aena carried 275.2m travellers.

Of the total passengers through Aena’s Spanish airports last year, 189.7m took international flights – up 18.2% year on year.

“These record figures in air transport are fundamental for the economic and social development of Spain,” commented Maurici Lucena, Chairman and CEO of Aena.

“We should all congratulate ourselves for these results. Airlines which, like Aena, suffered the harsh consequences of the pandemic, are now transporting more passengers than ever.”

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Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport recorded the largest number of passengers at 60.2m in 2023, an increase of +18.9% versus the previous year.

Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport led the pack with 60.2 million passengers handled in 2023, an increase of +18.9% on 2022.

Following in descending order were: Barcelona-El Prat at 49.9m (+19.9%); Palma de Mallorca at 31.1m (+8.9%); Málaga-Costa del Sol at 22.3m (+21.1%); Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández at 15.7m (+19.2%); Gran Canaria at 13.9m (+12.4%); Tenerife Sur at 12.3m (+14%); and Valencia at 9.9m (+22.6%).

Last month, Aena’s Spanish airports network welcomed a total of 20.2m passengers, an increase of +12.8% more than in the same month in 2022.

Images photo credit: Aena.

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