Passenger numbers surpass the two-million mark for the first time in September at Malaga Airport

Tourists head for the check-in desks at Malaga Airport.
Tourists head for the check-in desks at Malaga Airport. / Migue Fernández
  • Last month passenger numbers rose to 2,026,920 passengers - 2.4 per cent more than in the same period last year

Malaga Airport made history in September; for the first time in its one hundred years of operation, the two-million-passenger mark was surpassed during this month. According to airports operator Aena, these figures are a result of the dynamism of both the foreign and Spanish markets.

Last month passenger numbers rose to 2,026,920 passengers - 2.4 per cent more than in the same period last year. More than 14,000 flights took off from the runways, an increase of 1.7 per cent.

Of the total number of passengers, 1,755,453 were on flights coming from or going to a foreign city (up 1.7 per cent), which contributed to the growth of operations outside Spain (up 1.1 per cent), to 11,222 flights.

The rest of commercial passengers opted for national connections, which translates to an increase of 6.4 per cent on September 2018, with 2,502 operations, 9.1 per cent more than in the same month last year.

The British market is the leader in terms of passenger traffic. "The United Kingdom remains at the forefront of destinations with greater demand in absolute terms, with 639,037 passengers in connections with that country, followed domestic travellers. Germany, with 159,632 passengers, and France, with 132,515 users, remained among most active markets last September," according to Aena.

This upturn has been key to the cumulative number of passengers in the year standing at 15,676,525, representing an increase of 5.2 per cent. "Of the 15,635,200 commercial passengers accounted for, 2,260,957 travelled on flights between domestic destinations, ie 9.3 per cent more, and 13,374,243 did so on international connections, with a rise of 4.7 per cent," they say. In terms of operations, the airport recorded 113,741 flights between January and September, 3.9 per cent more.

September has now joined an elite club. The figure has been reached multiple times in June, July and August (most often in the latter two) but this is the first time it has happened in September.

In September alone, Andalusian airports registered a total of 3,063,986 passengers, of which more than two were came through Malaga.

Growth is happening in Seville too (up 21 per cent), having tallied 5,667,918 passengers in the first nine months of the year.

The historic growth of Malaga Airport in September comes at a time when key airports in the Balearic and Canary Islands have suffered from the collapse of Thomas Cook. Aena points out that Palma de Mallorca, with 3.7 million passengers, has maintained a slight increase (up 0.2 per cent), while Ibiza, with 1.1 million, fell by 1.2 per cent. Gran Canaria, with 987,333, fell 6.1 per cent; and Tenerife South, with 829,249, recorded a decline of 3.1 per cent.

In the Aena network as a whole, up until September, 213.94 million passengers were transferred, which is a 4.8 per cent increase.