A view of the check-in counters at Malaga airport. / SALVADOR SALAS

Malaga airport handles 1.4 million passengers in August

During the month, there were 45 per cent more aircraft landings and take-offs than in 2020


Despite the fact that during August the list of countries that still had significant restrictions on travelling to Spain was numerous, Aena data appears to confirm the beginning of the recovery of air traffic on the Costa del Sol.

According to the airport operator, during the month of August, the airport handled 1.4 million passengers, a figure that represents 36.5 per cent fewer than the number recorded in the same period of 2019. The statistics also confirm 13,033 aircraft movements, just 16.7% fewer than the August before the pandemic.

Compared to 2020, the latest Aena data shows that Malaga airport registered 106 per cent more travellers last August and 45 per cent more landings and take-offs.

The Costa del Sol airport consolidated its position as the fourth most important airport in terms of passenger numbers and flights in the Aena network in Spain, after Madrid, Barcelona and Palma.

So far this year, Malaga airport has seen 4.2 million travellers pass through its gates, some 69 per cent fewer than in this same period, pre-pandemic, in 2019.