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Pandemic causes Malaga Airport passenger numbers to nosedive

Passengers at Malaga-Costa del Sol airport. File photograph.
Passengers at Malaga-Costa del Sol airport. File photograph. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • The airport which serves the Costa del Sol closed 2020 with 74 per cent fewer passengers

The worldwide coronavirus pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions have taken their toll on Malaga-Costa del Sol airport which closed 2020 with 74 per cent fewer passengers, according to data from Spain's national airport operator Aena.

Just over 5.1 million passengers passed through the airport last year compared to almost 20 million travellers in 2019.

Despite the drop in passenger volume, Malaga-Costa del Sol remains the fourth most important airport in the Aena network, beaten only by Madrid, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca.

A total of 59,668 flights operated on the Malaga runways throughout 2020, that is 58.8 per cent fewer than a year earlier.

Both in terms of passenger numbers and flights, Malaga airport has experienced a decline greater than the network average which has seen passengers down by 72.4 per cent and landings and take-offs down 53 per cent compared to 2019.