Busy check-in desks at Malaga airport. / SALVADOR SALAS

Airlines offer 6.7 million flight seats to enjoy the winter sun on the Costa del Sol

The number of seats on offer during the ‘low season' is 5 per cent higher than the winter before the start of the pandemic. Airlines will offer a total of 1,454,540 seats on UK flights alone

PILAR MARTÍNEZ

The one-hour time change this Sunday marks the beginning of the low season for the airlines that have shown their commitment to the Malaga Airport by scheduling more flights to the winter sun on the Costa del Sol than before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Data from the national airport operator, Aena, shows that between 1 November and 26 March, 2022, airlines have scheduled 6,721,244 seats to fly to the Costa del Sol, which is 5 per cent more than in the winter season before the start of the pandemic. The volume of operations will also grow, with 3.4 per cent more aircraft movements expected to reach 40,000 commercial operations.

Direct flights to 108 destinations

Malaga will, this winter, be united with direct flights to some 108 destinations, improving connectivity with thirteen more destinations than in 2019. Aena emphasises that London is once again the city at the forefront with the largest number of seats and scheduled flights offered.

The airlines will offer a total of 1,454,540 seats on UK flights. Despite the fact that the offer is 11 per cent less than winter 2019 the British market continues to lead as the country with the highest number of seats offered to Malaga.

National market

The airport operator’s data also reveals that the national Spanish market maintains its strength this low season. In fact, on the 27 routes that airlines plan to operate, the seat offer increases in total by 11 per cent, with almost 1.4 million seats on flights between Spanish airports.