AENA have informed that In the first half of 2013 nearly six million passengers have passed through Malaga Airport, representing an increase of 0.5 percent over the same period in the year 2012. This increase has been mainly due to international traffic.
Salvador Merino, the airport director, today offered a press conference in Marbella regarding the data on the way in which the first half of 2013 has evolved. The year has brought more passengers than in 2012, but fewer planes have actually flown into Malaga airport. Airline companies have brought about ways of filling larger planes in order to optimize available resources during the current financial crisis. Merino related that the increase has been international traffic rather than domestic traffic with 80% of passengers flying on international flights.
The UK continues to be the largest market, by far and away with around 36 percent of the total passengers flying from UK airports. The figure has grown over the first half of 2013 by 2.5 percent over the same period in the previous year. Ireland recorder a 39% increase over the previous year and Germany a more modest 22%. The Nordic countries also recorded a whopping 30% increase over 2012 figures.
The Russian market has experienced phenomenal growth of around 30% each year over the last few years as the economy there has experienced more growth and these figures are expected to grow over the coming winter as Russians head to Spain to evade the cold winter in places like Moscow.
Merino noted that Malaga airport traffic figures will continue a recovery as the euro-zone pulls out of the financial crisis. He also asserted that the offering of low cost flights has increased in parallel with the growth of international tourism, and that 70 percent of flights at the airport are in the low cost category with many travelers booking the flight and airport transfer directly online.