Spain’s Association of Airlines (ALA) has revealed that the country expects to have an increased number of flights during the winter months, surpassing the figures that were registered during the pre-pandemic period in 2019.
According to Reuters, the President of ALA, Javier Gándara, has said that around 1.9 per cent more domestic and international flights are scheduled for this winter period, from November until March compared to 2019.
In addition, it was noted that the planned flights for the Canary and Balearic Islands are currently ten per cent higher than two years ago.
Consequently, if the figures continue with this positive trend and if more people choose Spain as a holiday destination, the country’s air traffic will soon be able to reach the level registered in 2019, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Last month, the Spanish Government announced that more than five million international passengers have reached the country during August 2021, marking an increase of 172 per cent compared to the same month in 2020.
Spain has had an increase in international passengers from all major source countries, with the United Kingdom being the leading market for the first time during 2021. In August, 821,853 Britons reached Spain, meaning that the number of passengers tripled compared to last year.
Except for the UK, the second source country was Germany, with more than 803,000 passengers, whose main destination was the Balearic Islands.
Regarding the September figures, according to the latest data provided by the Spanish Statistics Institute (INE), overnight stays in hotel establishments in Spain have increased by 212.1 per cent compared to the same month in 2020.
“During the month of September, overnight stays in hotel establishments exceed 25.6 million, 212.1 per cent more than in the same month of 2020,” the statement of INE reads.
Similar to the other months, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, and the region of Andalusia were the main destinations for international travellers.
“In September, 52.2 per cent of the available places were covered, with an annual increase of 96.3 per cent. The weekend occupancy rate by beds increased 77.4 per cent and stood at 60.6 per cent,” INE added.
Previously, the International Air Transport (IATA) warned that the announced cost increase by airports and air navigation service providers would delay the recovery of air travel and damage international connectivity and customers.
Source: Schengen Visa Info, https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/spains-air-traffic-to-surpass-pre-pandemic-figures-during-winter-period/