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Airlines offer almost 2.3 million seats to the Costa del Sol between May and July

Tourists at Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport. File photograph.
Tourists at Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport. File photograph. / ÑITO SALAS
  • The UK, with flights from 15 British airports, tops the table with 615,000 seats followed by France and the Netherlands

The Costa del Sol tourist board (Turismo Costa del Sol) has revealed that airlines are offering almost 2.3 million seats on scheduled flights to Malaga airport during the months of May, June and July.

Of those, 1,862,293 seats correspond to international flights, which the tourists board says shows "the reactivation of tourism is beginning to become a reality."

All eyes are focused on the main market for the Costa del Sol, the United Kingdom. The British Government has already postponed the start of travel abroad for holidays until at least 17 May, if the coronavirus situation allows it, within its new restriction-easing programme. The date is key because this is the country where the travel companies have planned major promotion.

Of the 1.8 million seats from international destinations, 615,000 are in the British market.

The Costa del Sol tourism board says that one out of every four plane seats to Malaga airport will originate in the UK. Subject to international travel being allowed unhindered, the airport will be connected with direct flights to London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Belfast, Liverpool, Glasgow, Nottingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Doncaster, Bournemouth and Aberdeen.

In a more detailed breakdown, Turismo Costa del Sol says that the air corridor with London will offer 251,000 seats followed by Manchester with 58,700 seats and Birmingham, with 37,600 seats.

In order of international seats offered to Malaga, France is in second spot displacing Germany which has slipped to fourth as the Netherlands takes the third place.

Airlines

Ryanair, the airline that currently leads the table for volume of passengers at Malaga airport, will strengthem this position. Turismo Costa del Sol said, "From foreign markets, the majority of passengers, specifically one in four visitors, will come with Ryanair, which is offering more than 475,000 seats to Malaga airport."

The tourist board report indicates that easyJet will be the airline with the second-largest offer of seats to fly to the Costa del Sol, with 269,259 tickets on offer followed by the Spanish airline Vueling, with 134,816 seats, and British airline Jet2.com has scheduled 103,056 seats.