Spain recorded almost 8 million international air passengers in October

Nearly eight million international passengers arrived in Spain in October, marking a 95% recovery in tourist arrivals marked in the same month in 2019.

Data from the Spanish Ministry of Tourism also revealed that two autonomous communities, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, welcomed 6.2% more passengers in October than in the same period of 2019, reports.

“An intensification of the recovery, after a few summer months in which the recovery percentage remained around 87% of the 2019 thresholds. This improvement could be due to an extension of the summer season, which would mean that we are moving forward with the aim of seasonalizing tourist flows to have a more sustainable and better quality model”, stressed in this regard the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto.

According to data from the ministry, the top six source markets for Spain that showed the highest figures last month compared to 2019 are:

  • Denmark – 166,020 travellers, with an increase of 16.5%
  • Portugal – (262,446) from 4.9%
  • France – (677,210) by 4.2%
  • Ireland – (215,948) from 4.2%
  • Switzerland – (303,355) by 2.3%
  • Italy – (687,607) by 1.6%

Additionally, as the top passenger market with a figure of 1,824,971, the UK accounted for 23% of the total share, followed by Germany with 1,212,787 passengers, which also accounted for 15% of the share.

During October, most British passengers visited the Canary Islands, while Germans mainly traveled to the Balearic Islands.

As a result, the two archipelagos surpassed pre-pandemic records and increased by 6.2% respectively compared to the same month in 2019. Thus, the Balearic Islands welcomed a total of 1,384,404 passengers, and the Canaries a total of 1,192,202.

In addition, the Community of Madrid also registered 1,721,169 passengers, mainly from France. The list follows Catalonia, with 1,601,983 travellers, most of whom are French, Italian and Dutch. At the same time, 972,244 travelers arrived in Andalusia and 843,682 in the Valencian Community.

Of the total number of passengers arriving in Spain, six in ten traveled with a low-cost airline, compared to four in ten who chose a traditional airline.

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