Check-in desk queues last month. / SALVADOR SALAS

Malaga airport recovers 82% of its 2019 passenger numbers in October

During the month, some 12,755 flights operated on the Costa del Sol runways, only 3% fewer than before the coronavirus pandemic

PILAR MARTÍNEZ

The takeoff of international tourism on the Costa del Sol, that the sector has witnessed since mid-September, has also been reflected in the activity statistics for Malaga airport in October.

During the month the airport managed to recover 82 per cent of the passenger numbers that it handled during the same period in 2019, before the Covid-19 health crisis.

The latest data from the airport operator, Aena, indicates that 1,521,553 passengers passed through these facilities in October 2021, which is 18 per cent fewer than before the pandemic.

But, in terms of the volume of operations, the Costa del Sol airport has almost recovered its pre-pandemic levels. In October, a total of 12,755 flights landed and took off on the runways, just 3 per cent fewer than in the same period in 2019.

Seven million passengers

However, in accumulated data of the year, the airport is still far from the figures prior to the health crisis. Specifically, with the boost of the October data, some seven million passengers have passed through the terminals in the first ten months of the year, a figure that is almost 60 per cent fewer than in 2019. Also, in terms of flights operated, 74,604 aircraft movements have been registered, 41 per cent fewer than before the pandemic. Despite this, Malaga airport remains the fourth most important in terms of passenger numbers and operations in the Aena network, only beaten by Madrid, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca.

Across the whole of the network, during the first ten months of 2021, a total of 93,795,732 passengers have passed through Aena airports and 1,237,066 aircraft movements have been registered, some 39.2% fewer than before the crisis.