Spain’s airports went from strength to strength in 2007 as passenger numbers across the country’s 47 AENA airports increased by 8.7% to 210.4 million. Aircraft movements increased 7.7% to just under 2.5 million. Analysis of the month-by-month growth in 2007 at the top eight airports on the Spanish mainland reveals that many of them had an exceptional year.
|Ryanair is celebrating a new route to Barcelona-Girona from Linz – just one of the routes that has helped lift Girona’s throughput to five million, taking it from 15th busiest airport in Spain to 10th.|
Girona’s impressive growth is down to Ryanair’s aggressive response to Click Air’s development at Barcelona. By the end of the year Girona had handled almost five million passengers and jumped from 15th busiest airport in Spain to 10th. Madrid’s impressive double-digit growth took the airport’s passenger numbers to over 52 million, well ahead of second ranked Barcelona with 32.8 million.
Vueling’s new base at Seville helped the airport achieve well above average growth last year, whereas Alicante and Malaga were less impressive. Alicante’s best month was December, coinciding with the first full month of Ryanair’s base operations. Ryanair also launched base operations from Valencia at the end of October which should keep Valencia’s growth in 2008 in double figures.
Among the top 15 airports in Spain only Tenerife Sur experienced a traffic decline, of just over two percent. Other airports in the Canary Islands also experienced below average growth.