Ryanair’s Girona base heads for Top 10 status

Air travel in Spain is experiencing rapid growth at many airports thanks to infrastructure improvements, the emergence of local low-cost carriers Click Air and Vueling, and more routes from the major European LCCs Ryanair, easyJet and Air Berlin.

Traffic at the Top 15 Spanish airports for the first nine months of 2007 and all of 2006 is shown below:

Chart: Top 15 Spanish Airports 2006/07
Source: AENA

Madrid continues to be the biggest airport in Spain followed by Barcelona and Palma. Ryanair’s new bases in Alicante and Valencia currently rank 6th and 8th amongst Spanish airports in 2007. Its Girona base now also ranks in the Top 15 and could make it into the Top 10 in 2007 by the end of the year.

Growth at Spanish airports this year has been impressive with five of the Top 15 airports reporting double-digit growth (make it six if you round-up Bilbao’s 9.8% growth!) including the two busiest airports and Madrid and Barcelona.

Chart: Top 15 Spanish Airports - Growth in 2007
Source: AENA

Only the Canary Island destinations of Tenerife, Gran Canaria (Las Palmas) and Lanzarote (Arrecife) are showing year-on-year traffic reductions. There are signs, however, that these destinations are beginning to interest some LCCs so even here traffic may soon be increasing.


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