News: Summer 2017: Alicante airport passenger numbers soar
Summer 2017: Passenger numbers increase
for Alicante-Elche international airport in Spain
Despite the turmoil of 2017, Alicante-Elche International Airport have reported a marked increase in passenger numbers.
The latest provisional data available thus far for the summer of 2017, reveals an increase in passenger numbers across Spain, with Alicante airport the fifth busiest Spanish airport behind Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, and Madrid airports.
The Costa Blanca´s premier airport, Alicante-Elche, recorded historic high passenger numbers last year, handling the travel needs of 12.3 million people throughout 2016.
Data released by AENA shows that compared to the same months last year, passenger numbers have increased yet again, with Alicante experiencing an increase in passenger numbers for May, June, and July.
The latest data for the month of July shows an increase of 11.6% in passenger movements, and a 7.7% increment in flights, handling a total of 1.6 million passengers and more than 10,600 aircraft throughout the month.
The increase in foot traffic outpaced all of Spain´s other main airports, with Madrid seeing passenger numbers increase by 3.7%, Palma de Mallorca increasing by 5.2%, Barcelona reporting an 8.0% increase in numbers, and Malaga reporting an increase of 11.2%.
Scandinavian low cost air carrier Norwegian announced new routes earlier this year from Düsseldorf in Germany, and from the Icelandic capital Reykjavik, which have begun operating over the summer contributing to the increase in tourist numbers in the Valencian provincial region.
AENA is the world´s largest airport manager, responsible for the administration of all airports in Spain in addition to managing London Luton Airport, and 15 other international airports around the world.
A statutory corporation, AENA is a public corporate entity attached to the Ministry for Public Works and owned by the Spanish government.