Connections by air between the Costa del Sol and the UK are so good that they can be considered a ‘shuttle service’, British operators agreed at the World Travel Market in London this week.
Figures from Spain's Aena airport authority show that this is the best-connected market and is the most important for tourism in the province. Travellers from the UK account for 30% of all those who use Malaga Airport. Even in low season there are 90 flights to or from the UK, and around 40 of them connect Malaga with London.
Between October and March airlines have scheduled almost 8,500 return flights to the UK with the capacity to carry over 1,600,000 passengers. Nearly 4,000 of these flights are to London airports, with over 740,000 seats available. The figures show that the number of seats on offer is 6% higher this year, and the number of flights is up by 1%.
Apart from London’s five airports, Malaga is connected by air with Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Southampton and Southend.
The Turismo Costa del Sol tourist board has said that eight airlines are responsible for this ‘shuttle service’, because of their numbers of flights. Six have increased the number of seats available this winter, while TUI has reduced its services and British Airways remains the same. Ryanair flies the highest number of passengers, followed by easyJet, Jet2.com and British Airways.