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Airport's annual passenger figures reach 17 million for the first time ever

Malaga airport is the third busiest in mainland Spain. :: SUR
Malaga airport is the third busiest in mainland Spain. :: SUR
  • The volume of travellers who used Malaga Airport between January and November was up 11.9 per cent on the same period of last year

Between January and November this year some 17.6 million passengers have used the Malaga-Costa del Sol airport, almost a million more than the figure for the same period of the previous year.

The figures, released on Tuesday by the Spanish airports authority Aena, revealed that the increase in passenger figures of 11.9 per cent reflected the increase in the number of flights, up 11 per cent to 128,796 in the last 11 months.

The vast majority of passengers used commercial flights and of them more than 15 million travelled to or from airports outside Spain (up 12.7 per cent on last year), with domestic flights representing just 6.9 per cent of the total. The busiest day in November was Sunday 5th when 385 flights brought 51,934 passengers through the airport.

The growth looks set to continue into next year.

A new route between Malaga and Lyon was announced this week by Transavia, the low cost arm of Air France-KLM. Flights will link the Costa del Sol with Lyon-Saint Exupéry twice a week from April 2018.