More than 60 million passengers at Spanish airports in the first quarter of 2024

by Lorraine Williamson
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The airports of the Aena network in Spain closed the first quarter of the year with a record number of 60.8 million passengers, an increase of 13.2% compared to the same period last year and 15% above pre-pandemic levels.

The month of March alone, stimulated by Easter week, resulted in an increase of 13.8% compared to the same month last year. With 191,378 aircraft movements, 6% more than in 2023. A total of 524,525 landings and take-offs were recorded in the quarter.

Of the 22.8 million passengers on commercial flights in March, 14.9 million travelled on international flights. That´s an increase of 16.6% compared to last year. The remaining 7.8 million (+9.3%) flew to domestic destinations.

Number of passengers per airport

Once again, Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez airport remains the most trafficked airport in Spain. With 5.3 million passengers, it shows a growth of 10.8% compared to March last year.

This is followed by;

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  • Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat airports, with 4.2 (+13.8% compared to 2023)
  • Málaga-Costa del Sol, with 1.7 (+18.8%)
  • Palma de Mallorca, with 1.5 (+13.7%)
  • Gran Canaria, with 1.4 (+14.7%)
  • Tenerife Sur, with 1.3 (+16.2%)
  • Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández, with 1.2 (+21.3%)

Record numbers

In March, record numbers of passengers were registered at the airports of Madrid-Barajas, Barcelona-El Prat, Palma de Mallorca, Gran Canaria, Alicante-Elche, Málaga-Costa del Sol, Seville, Valencia, Tenerife North, Tenerife South, Lanzarote, Asturias, Bilbao, Ibiza, El Hierro, Fuerteventura, Santiago, Menorca, Badajoz, Son Bonet, La Palma and La Gomera.

Madrid-Barajas, the Spanish airport with the most flight movements

In terms of flights, the airport with the most movements in March was Madrid-Barajas, with a total of 34,265 (+9,4% compared to 2023). This was followed by;

  • Barcelona-El Prat, with 27,013 flights (+11,7%)
  • Gran Canaria, with 13. 221 (+13,3%)
  • Palma de Mallorca, with 12,459 (+6%)
  • Málaga Costa del Sol, with 12,117 (+11.1%)
  • Tenerife Sur, with 8,614 (+11.1%)
  • Alicante Elche, with 7,890 landings and take-offs (+16%)

In March, the airports of Palma de Mallorca, Fuerteventura, Malaga-Costa del Sol, Gran Canaria, Tenerife North, Tenerife South, Lanzarote and Logroño reached record numbers of flight movements.

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