For August of this year, the airports in Aena’s network recovered more than 60% of the traffic for the same month in 2019 with 18,011,330 passengers and 189,070 aircraft movements recorded across its Spanish airport portfolio. The cumulative amount through August equates to a 32.2% recovery in traffic compared to 2019.

All terminals in Aena’s network are in service due to the increased demand during the summer season. Of the total passenger traffic, 17,930,455 people travelled on commercial flights, 7,631,734 of them on flights from or to a Spanish airport and 10,298,721 to or from an airport abroad.

In the first eight months of 2021, more than 60m passengers passed through Aena’s airports (67.8% less than in 2019); 892, 063 aircraft movements have been recorded (44.3% less) and 612,985 tonnes of cargo were transported (a decrease of 8.8%).

The airport registering the largest number of operations in August was Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas, with a total of 23,371, down 37.1% compared to August 2019. Palma de Mallorca recorded 23,243 movements (-19.3%) and was followed by Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat with 21,857 (-33.1%). Malaga-Costa del Sol, recorded 13,033 (-16.7%) operations; Ibiza 12,160 (-0.8%); Gran Canaria 8,699 (-18%); Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernandez 7,828 (-27.2%); Valencia 6,645 (-10.3%); Tenerife Norte-Ciudad de La Laguna 5,947 (-12.4%); and Menorca 5,247 (-5.3%).

As for freight traffic, the airports in Aena’s network handled 79,746 tonnes, 4.8% less than in 2019. Again Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas was the airport with the most cargo traffic with 41,948 tonnes, 5.4% less than in 2019.

A statement for the airport operator read: “In light of the fact that the state of the alarm declared in Spain in 2020 lasted until 21 July, with the ensuing home lockdown and the prohibition on all non-essential travel, and that the pandemic entailed restrictions on mobility around the world, the comparison with the 2020 data has been eliminated, as this year is considered an outlier.”

Pictured: Alicante Airport

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