Spain has recovered 70% of its 2019 air capacity after it was revealed that 14,196,367 seats have been booked for the months of September and October.
The figures published by Turespaña, also mean that the numbers have tripled compared to the number of bookings registered at the same time in 2020.
The country’s Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto said, "At the end of the summer season, Spain is regaining greater stability in international flight schedules that contributes to the gradual consolidation of the recovery of tourism, as a result of the security offered by our country, with one of the highest percentages in the world.
“With 72% of the population now vaccinated against COVID-19, as well as the confidence that Spain offers to tourists who have tools such as Spain Travel Health website that facilitates the trip.”
Maroto said that "the seats forecast to fly to Spain for the months of September and October allow us to think that the summer season could be lengthened and face the coming months with greater confidence to continue consolidating the recovery of international tourism that it is still slow due to mobility restrictions that still exist in important source markets such as the US or Asian countries."
According to data released by Eurocontrol, August’s figures were very positive and show that Spain had recovered around 75% of the air traffic arrivals seen in the same month of 2019. This is slightly more than other European nations that saw an average recovery of 71% when comparing to August 2019.
Of the seats scheduled for Spain in September and October, Denmark and the Netherlands have seen the biggest recoveries with 96% (290,447 seats) and 93.2% (908,187 seats) respectively.
The UK which is an extremely important market for Spain has more than 3.2 million scheduled seats for September and October which equates to 66.7% of those achieved in 2019.
German bookings have also seen a positive recovery with 2.5 million seats (75% of 2019), with Italy 1.2 million seats (72% of 2019) and France with 995,000 seats (62% of 2019).
Some long haul countries have been showing slower signs of recovery, especially the US with bookings down 58.7% on 2019. Russian and Chinese seats are also well down with 76.8% and 92% respectively.
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