A record number of people used Malaga airport and the high speed AVE rail service during the first six months of this year, even before the start of the peak season, which was already expected to produce record figures. One million more passengers used Malaga airport in the first half of this year, and the AVE to Madrid was used by 36,000 more travellers. In both cases, the figures for 2016 were also higher than ever before.
According to figures released by Aena earlier this week, the Malaga-Costa del Sol airport ended the first half-year with a total of 8,394,937 passengers, which was an increase of 13.7 per cent compared with the same period last year. During these six months there were 62,468 flights (an increase of 12.5 per cent). Most passengers travelled on commercial flights, and of those 7,252,943 were on international flights, an increase of 15 per cent. The other 1,118,537 travellers flew to other cities in Spain. The Spanish market grew by 5.5 per cent during this period, and the number of flights to other airports in the country increased by 0.4%.
Historic figures for June
The figures for June indicate that the summer season began early. During those 30 days there were 12.9 per cent more passengers and 12 per cent more flights at Malaga airport: 1,907,192 and 13,546 respectively. The busiest days were during the last weekend of the month, when nearly 500 planes took off and landed, and Saturday 24th was the day with the highest number of passengers, 73,038. If things continue in this way, Malaga airport will end the year with figures which are far higher thanlast year, when 16.67 million passengers travelled on 123,700 flights.
Terminal T3, which opened in March 2010, can handle more than 30 million passengers a year, and now that there are two runways at Malaga there is an ample margin for growth before reaching saturation point.
More AVE passengers
The AVE rail service has also broken its own records during the first half of this year. The number of passengers travelling high speed between Madrid and Malaga from January to June increased by 3.1 per cent to 1,189,000. In absolute terms, this is an extra 36,000 passengers.
Of the total number of travellers, 71 per cent did the whole journey between Madrid and Malaga, in either direction, while the others boarded and disembarked at other stops en route, whch are Antequera-Santa Ana, Puente Genil-Herrera, Crdoba, Ciudad Real and Puertollano.