Thursday, November 26

The drop in passengers at airports is accentuated in October with 82% less



Aena airports touched 4.5 million passengers in October, representing a year-on-year drop of 81.9%, due to the new restrictions on mobility both in Spain and in the rest of the world caused by the second wave of covid-19.

This fall exceeds those of previous months when passenger traffic at Aena’s airports fell by 79.9%, in September, or 69.6%, in August.

In the first ten months of the year, Aena airports accumulated a drop of 70.9%, to 69.3 million passengers, the airport manager reported this Thursday.

Of the total number of the passage in October, 4.4 million corresponded to commercial passengers, of which 2.7 million traveled on domestic flights, 63.1% less than a year earlier, and 1.7 million on international routes, 90% less

The Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport registered the highest number of passengers in the network in October with 736,113, which represents an interannual decrease of 86.6%, and accumulates a fall of 70.4% in the whole of the first ten months of the year, with a total of 15.4 million.

It was followed in October by the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport, with 712,283 (84.7% less); Palma de Mallorca, with 395,906 (86.5% less); Malaga-Costa del Sol, with 329,337 (82.4% less); Gran Canaria, with 303,575 (72.1% less); Tenerife North-City of La Laguna, with 249,498 (50.7% less), and Alicante-Elche, with 241,178 (83.1% less).

The two Canarian airports are the ones that, among the main ones, register the smallest drops until October, with decreases of 58.7% (4.5 million travelers) and 50.5% (2.4 million), respectively.

55.4% fewer operations

In October, 93,859 aircraft movements were managed in the Aena network, 55.4% less, and the airport that registered the highest number of operations was Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, with a total of 11,386, 69.5% less.

Between January and October, there were 953,165 aircraft movements, 53.1% less than in 2019, with the Madrid airport leading the way, with 143,548 operations, 59.9% less.

The next airports in October were Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat, with 8,939 (71% less); Palma de Mallorca, with 6,584 (69.5% less); Gran Canaria, with 5,276 (49.8% less); Malaga-Costa del Sol, with 5,044 (61.6% less); Tenerife North-City of La Laguna, with 4,178 (33.9% less); Seville, with 3,111 (45.2% less), and Alicante-Elche, with 3,025 (67.9% less).

Further, The airports with mainly non-commercial activity and the highest number of movements in October were Madrid-Cuatro Vientos, with 5,190 operations, which represents an increase of 7.8%; Sabadell, with 4,437, 1.8% less, and Jerez, with 4,298, 16.9% less.

As far as merchandise is concerned, 83,427 tons were transported in October throughout the network, 21.2% less compared to the same month of 2019, due to the fact that a very important part of the usual cargo is moved on commercial passenger aircraft.

So far this year, 636,133 tons have been transported, representing a decrease of 26.9% compared to the first ten months of 2019.

The four airports that registered the highest freight traffic in October were Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, with 40,452 tons (24.9% less); Zaragoza, with 19,940 tons (4.4% less); Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat, with 11,143 (35.6% less), and Vitoria, with 6,381 tons (2.7% more).

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