Spain: Girona leads the way with 40% growth in 2008

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.

Chart: Demand at top Spanish mainland airports
Source: AENA

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.

Chart: Top 15 Spanish Airports
Source: AENA

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.


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