Spain’s airports continue to show impressive growth with passenger numbers up 7.6% to 44.73 million in the first quarter of 2008. Aircraft movements grew by 3.3% as each flight carried more passengers than last year. Girona continues to be the star performer averaging 40% growth between January and March.
All of Spain’s top airports reported strong demand growth in the early part of 2008 with Ryanair’s new base at Alicante helping that airport to 20% growth in both February and March. Only Barcelona and Malaga failed to average at least 5% growth among the major airports on the Spanish mainland.
Girona’s growth was double that of any other of the busiest Spanish airports, though Alicante, Bilbao, Valencia and Seville all reported well above average double-digit growth. Among the smaller Spanish airports Zaragoza (+27.3%) and Santander (+21.3%) reported the strongest passenger growth during the first quarter.