Jet2.com fastest-growing airline in Spain in June; airport traffic down 5.9% in 2013 H1 as Ryanair shrinks operations

According to data from Aena in the first six months of this year, Spain’s airports have seen passenger numbers fall by 5.9% to 84.64 million. Unlike in the first half of 2012, when the demise of Spanair contributed to an almost 5% drop in traffic, this year no airlines have collapsed in the Spanish market. Among Spain’s busiest mainland airports there are significant differences, with Alicante (+6.9%) and Malaga (+0.5%) reporting growth in the first half of this year, while Seville (-15.4%) and Madrid (-14.7%) both suffered double-digit falls in passenger numbers.

Demand at top Spanish mainland airports Year-on-year passenger growth 1/2007 to 6/2013

Source: Aena

Among the country’s busiest island airports, Menorca (+4.8%), Ibiza (+4.3%), and Palma de Mallorca (+0.8%) have all reported growth in the first half of 2013, while Gran Canaria (-5.7%), Fuerteventura (-9.7%) and Tenerife Norte (-9.8%) have all seen demand fall by more than 5%.

Jet2.com again fastest-growing top 15 airline in June

Analysis of data for June 2013 and comparing it with data from a year ago, reveals that among the top 15 airlines, the fastest-growing is UK leisure airline Jet2.com which has increased its passenger numbers in the Spanish market by almost 20%, up from 365,000 in June 2012 to 437,000 in June 2013. The second fastest-growing major airline in the Spanish market is another UK ‘hybrid’ airline, Monarch Airlines. It has increased its passenger numbers at Spanish airports by almost 19% to 433,000 passengers.

Top 15 airlines in Spain Change in passenger numbers: June 2013 v June 2012 (Passengers at Spanish airports in June 2013)

Source: AENA

Europe’s two biggest LCCs, Ryanair and easyJet, have both cut capacity in the Spanish market, and seen their passenger numbers in June fall year-on-year by 10.3% and 15.0% respectively. In contrast, local LCC (and Europe’s fourth biggest) Vueling, has seen demand increase by almost 17%. In June, Vueling generated 33% more passenger movements through Spanish airports than Iberia and Iberia Express combined.


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