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Spain Welcomed 8 Million International Air passengers In October Spain News

Spain saw the arrival of nearly 8 million air passengers in October, as 7,941,572 people landed at its airports.

According to data released by Turespaña, that figure brings the recovery percentage to 95 percent of the total air passengers who arrived in Spain back in October 2019.

The data also showed that the Balearic and Canary Islands received 6.2 percent more passengers than in 2019. The Balearics welcomed 1,384,404 passengers, whilst the Canary Islands received 1,192,202 passengers.

The region of Madrid showed to be the receiver of the most passengers, with the arrival of 1,721,169 visitors who were mainly French. Catalonia followed with the arrival of 1,601,983 travellers, who were mostly French, Italian and Dutch. Andalusia welcomed 972,244 visitors and the Valencian Community received 843,682 travellers.

Reyes Maroto, the Minister for Industry, Commerce and Tourism, emphasised that the released figures for October reflect "an intensification of the recovery, after a few summer months in which the recovery percentage has remained around 87% of the thresholds of 2019. This improvement could be due to an extension of the summer season, which would mean that we are advancing in the objective of seasonally adjusting tourist flows to have a more sustainable and higher quality model".

Of the total number of passengers who arrived in Spain, four out of ten flew with traditional airline companies, whilst six out of ten flew with a low-cost airline.

Although international air passengers are not the same as international tourists, as these also include residents of Spain returning from other international airports, the vast majority do correspond to tourists.

Six main source markets for Spain present higher figures in October than the same month in 2019. Denmark, with 166,020 travellers, which is 16.5% above the pre-pandemic; Portugal, with 262,446, registering a growth of 4.9%; France, with 677,210 passengers, an increase of 4.2%, a percentage that is similar to that of Ireland, with 215,948 passengers. Switzerland also grew by 2.4 percent with 303,355 passengers and Italy with 687,607, grew by 1.6%.

In numbers, the United Kingdom was the first producer of passengers with 1,824,971, which equates to 23% of the total share. Germany follows with 1,212,787 representing 15% of the share.

British passengers visited all the Communities, but in particular, the Canary Islands, whilst the Germans have gone mainly to the Balearic Islands.