Soaring High: Spain Welcome a Record-Breaking 29.8 Million Air Passengers in August

Soaring High: Spain Welcome a Record-Breaking 29.8 Million Air Passengers in August

Soaring High: Spain Welcome a Record-Breaking 29.8 Million Air Passengers in August. Image: Toniflap /

In a resounding testament to the resilience of the travel industry, the Aena network airports in Spain achieved a historic milestone in August 2023.

With a staggering 29,890,357 passengers passing through their terminals, this figure marks a remarkable 9.5 per cent increase compared to the same month in 2022.

Even more astonishing, it surpasses the pre-pandemic levels of August 2019 by 1.4 per cent, firmly establishing a new benchmark for air travel.

The Skies Are Alive

The buzz of activity wasn’t confined to passenger numbers alone.

Aena managed an impressive 235,938 aircraft movements in August 2023, showcasing a 5.7 per cent uptick from the previous year.

Additionally, a whopping 86,809 tons of merchandise took to the skies, marking a remarkable 10.6 per cent surge in cargo movements, indicative of a thriving trade environment.

International vs. Domestic

Of the nearly 30 million travellers in August, an overwhelming majority, 29,825,273, were commercial passengers.

International flights carried 20,592,197 jet-setters, reflecting a substantial 11.7 per cent increase from August 2022, while domestic flights also saw significant growth, accommodating 9,233,076 passengers, marking a 4.8 per cent rise over the same period.

Year-to-Date Triumph

Zooming out for a broader perspective, Aena’s success story extends across the first eight months of 2023.

An impressive 189,099,532 passengers have navigated through Aena airports during this period, signifying an impressive 18.7 per cent increase from the previous year and a steady 1.2 per cent climb from 2019.

The trend is mirrored in aircraft movements, which recorded 1,608,918 takeoffs and landings, an 8.9 per cent leap compared to 2022. Cargo movements also witnessed a robust performance, with 681,132 tons of merchandise transported, representing a 4.5 per cent increase from the same period in 2022.

Airport Standouts

While all Aena network airports contributed to this remarkable feat, a few soared above the rest.

The Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport emerged as the undisputed leader, registering a record-breaking 5,559,790 passengers in August, marking an astounding 11.5 per cent increase from the previous year.

Hot on its heels is the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat, with 4,974,579 travellers passing through its gates, representing an impressive 11.4 per cent growth compared to 2022.

Palma de Mallorca, Málaga-Costa del Sol, Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández, Ibiza, Gran Canaria, and Valencia airports all posted remarkable increases, further cementing Spain’s status as a vibrant and growing travel hub.

These remarkable figures underscore the resurgence of Spain’s aviation sector, as it rebounds with vigour from the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Travellers are once again taking to the skies, signalling a bright future for the aviation industry and offering hope and optimism to all those who cherish the thrill of exploration and the joy of connecting with new destinations.

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Written by

Anna Ellis

Originally from Derbyshire, UK, Anna has lived in the middle of nowhere on the Costa Blanca for 20 years.