Passenger Air Traffic Down 4.6% to November

December 18th, 2012

A total of 182.8 million passengers passed through airports in the Aena network to November, representing a drop of 4.6% year-on-year, according to figures released last week by the airport operator.

During the first eleven months of the year there were 1.8 million operations, which is 9.7% less than in the same period last year. So far this year, 594,108 tons of cargo were carried, down 3.1%.

From January to November Madrid-Barajas airport led the ranking with 42.12 million passengers, 8.5% lower than last year, with 12.7% fewer takeoffs and landings, totalling 346,401.

Next followed Barcelona El Prat airport, with 32.9 million passengers, up 3.1% but with 3.7% fewer operations, totalling 270,751 takeoffs and landings. In October, El Prat exceeded 30 million passengers, a figure greater than the total closure of 2010.

Up to November, besides El Prat, the airports that saw passenger numbers increase were San Sebastián (+5.7%) with 245,777 travellers, Bilbao (+3.7%) with 3.9 million; Santander (+1.5%) with more than a million travellers, Melilla (+10.5%) with 288,078; Badajoz (+13.9%) with 60,562; Logroño (+7.9%) with 18,558, Córdoba (+21.3%) with 9,316 and Madrid-Cuatro Vientos (+568.5%) with 2,079 travellers.

The biggest declines were noted for Huesca Pyrenees (-53.2% to 1,297 passengers), Albacete (-55.2% to 3,727); Algeciras Heliport (-62.1% to 8,900); Ceuta Heliport (-57.8% to 18,255), Reus (-32.4% to 921,265), Burgos (-40.1% to 20,134), Leon (-38.5% to 49,249) and Salamanca (-37.8% to 21,897 passengers).

Down 9.7% in November

In November, 11.83 million passengers passed through Spanish airports, 9.7% less, with 14.9% fewer operations, to 125,691 takeoffs and landings. Cargo traffic fell 4.1%, to 56,132 tons.

El Mundo reported that in the eleventh month of the year, Madrid-Barajas recorded the highest number of passengers with 3.15 million (-13.3%), followed by Barcelona-El Prat with 2.27 million (-7.6%), Gran Canaria with 875,409 passengers (-7.8%), Tenerife South with 754,394 (-3.6%), Palma de Mallorca with 710,141 travellers (-5.5%), Malaga-Costa del Sol with 646,301 travellers (-3.4%) and Alicante with 519,746 (-4.3%).

The airports that increased their activity most in November were Madrid-Cuatro Vientos (+1,100%) up to 108 passengers; Albacete (+93.5%) up to 360 passengers, Badajoz (+5.9%) to 7,591, Melilla (+8%) up to 26,880 travellers, Girona (+2.8%) to 98,802, Reus (+1,107.8%) to 23,153, and San Sebastian (+6.5%) to 20,766 travellers.

The most significant decreases were concentrated in Ceuta Heliport (-99.1%) with 34 passengers, Burgos (-44.2%) with 360, Leon (-65.7%), La Gomera (-40.4%), Salamanca (-44.1%) and Vitoria (-31.8%).

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