Travellers queue at airport check-in desks in Malaga. / ÑITO SALAS

Passengers numbers continue to soar at Malaga airport with 1.3 million in September

Spain's coronavirus ban on access to airport terminals by family and friends of passengers, imposed in July 2020, will be lifted on Friday

Pilar Martínez

Air passenger numbers at Malaga’s Costa del Sol airport are improving month by month as coronavirus travel restrictions continue to be eased.

During September the airport registered more than 1.3 million passengers passing through its terminals. It represents 67 per cent of the number using the airport in the same period in 2019, according to data published by operator Aena. The figure is above the national average for all airports in Spain.

In the first nine months of the year the airport registered a total of 5.5 million travellers, which is 64.5 per cent of the total the pre-pandemic year.

With the latest data Malaga maintains its position as the fourth most important in the national network, only beaten by Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport, the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat, and Palma de Mallorca.

Airport access ban lifted

The news comes in the same week that Spain’s national government agreed to lift the limitation of access to airport terminals by the non-travelling public, imposed in July 2020 in the face of Covid-19 pandemic. From then until now, only people with a boarding pass and those accompanying minors and people with reduced mobility were allowed inside the airports. Families and friends had to say their farewells or greet arrivals them outside.

The ban will be lifted on Friday, 15 October.