It has been a great year for Spanish airports and businesses associated with airports, such as taxi and transfer drivers. AENA, the company that runs most of Spanish airports recorded a total of 183 million passengers in the first eleven months of the year, an increase of Almost 5% over the same period in 2013. During the month of November this year 3.2% more passengers arrived and 4.8% more cargo had been transported.
In total, Spanish airports recorded 1.7 million flights through November and more than 616.000 tons of cargo were transported showing a very significant increase for the country. 13.000.000 passengers were recorded, of which 8.000.000 were international passengers.
Ana Pastor, head of the Ministry of Development emphasized that “the number of domestic passengers had grown more than expected” according to estimates by the Department, which also attributed the recovery to the internal demand.
Malaga airport recorded an increase of 6.4% passengers, behind Madrid Barajas airport, which recorded an increase of 9.3% in the number of passengers. The improvement has been described as “excellent”.
Barcelona airport showed an increase of 3.8% with a total of 2.4 million passengers, and a total number of 35 million passengers up to the month of November 2014. Canary Island airports have grown 7.6%, while the airport at Palma de Mallorca grew by a more modest
Pastor linked the results to the new “model based on efficiency, rationalization and re-purposing” of the airport operator Aena, which managed to close 2013 with a net profit of nearly 600 million euros.
In the first half of the year, Aena achieved a benefit of 201 million and Spanish airports in the Aena network are expected to close 2014 with a profit of more than 590 million euros.