Saturday, April 19th, 2014
The Balearics however saw a 22.3% downturn in air passengers, a decline of 19.8% from Palma de Mallorca airport alone.
The low cost airlines in Spain took 4.82 million passengers in the first quarter of this year, a 7.1% rise in respect the same period last year, Â according to data published by the SubdirecciÃ³n General de Conocimiento y Estudios TurÃsticos, dependiente del Ministerio de Industria, EnergÃa y Turismo.Â (General Awareness & Tourism Studies branch under the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.)
In comparison traditional airlines flew more than 6.6 million travelers during the same period, 3% more than the same time in 2013. Â Of a total of 11.4 million passengers all airlines recorded a 4.6 % rise in travelers.
The low cost companies took 42.1% of the air traffic passengers in contrast to traditional airlines who had a 57.9% share of the air travel tourists.
In March alone the low cost carriers took 1.8 million passengers, up 0.1% Â and accounted for 42.4% of total air traffic compared to 2.5 million from traditional companies who were down 0.4%.
Â During the first three months of 2014 the most frequented airports in Spain by low cost airlines were Barcelona-El Prat, with 1.3 million travelers an increase of 15.2%; Adolfo SuÃ¡rez Madrid-Barajas with 656,635 air passengersÂ and a rise of 2.9%; MÃ¡laga, with 585,122 flyers up 11%.
These three were followed by Alicante which received 537,488 travelers, up 8%; Tenerife south with a Â 21.2% rise in passengers having 431,297. All Spanish airports registered growth in air travelers except Valencia Â which fell by 1.2%, with 180,909 passengers and Palma de Mallorca with a decline of 19.8 % with only 123,607 travelers.
By Autonomous Regions, the communities of Â Catalonia, Andalusia and Valencia led the ranking for the most business with low cost airlines for the first quarter.
Catalonia led the list with 30.2% of the low cost market having 1.4 million passengers, up 8.3% from last year. Followed by the Canaries with 20.2% of the business from 974,940 passengers, a 19.3 % rise. Â The Valencian communities had together 718,397 passengersÂ registering a rise of 5.6%.
Andalusia followed with 718,174 travelers, up 8.3%; the communities of Madrid with 656,635 a +2.9 % rise and then the Balearic Islands with 126,245 passengers but down on last year at this time with a decline of -22.3 %.
The UK and Italy head low cost markets, with the first quarter of 2014 having 33.7% and 12.5% of passengers who chose this path respectively.Â Growth of 3.5% for the UK market (1.6 million passengers), and 4.7% in the Italian market (603,739 travelers). Â Germany was the third largest with an increase of 24.3% for 515,871 passengers equivalent to 10.7% of total passengers.