The airports in Aena’s network recorded 5,889,921 passengers in May

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14 June 2021

There were 105,533 aircraft movements operated and 75,590 tons of freight carried across the network

Traffic levels stayed low in May as a result of the restrictions on domestic and international travel due to the spread of COVID-19

Following the end of the state of emergency in Spain and developments in the epidemiological scenario, both passenger demand and also the airlines’ offering have improved

The airports in the Aena network closed May with 5,889,921 passengers, 76.1% fewer than in the same month of 2019, along with 105,533 aircraft movements, 50.7% lower, and 75,590 tons of freight, a 11.9% drop.

In May, traffic levels, mainly in terms of passengers, continued to be low due to the travel restrictions both in Spain and in the rest of the world brought about by COVID-19. However, following the end of the state of emergency in Spain and the evolution of the epidemiological scenario with the progress made in rolling out vaccination programmes, there has been an improvement in customer demand and also in the range of options that airlines are putting on the market.

It should be borne in mind that a state of emergency was declared in Spain in mid-March 2020, leading to the lockdown of the entire country and a ban on all non-essential journeys. Some of the travel restrictions were later extended. The last state of emergency was lifted on 9 May 2021. The pandemic also resulted in travel restrictions worldwide. Due to these factors, comparison with 2020 figures has been dropped as they are not very representative (for example, with respect to 2020 the comparison is 2,100.4% more in passenger traffic, 496.7% more in operations and 67.7% more in freight).

Out of the total number of travellers registered in May, 5,842,778 were commercial passengers with 3,205,931 on domestic flights, 56.3% fewer than in May 2019, and 2,636,847 on international flights, down by 84.7%.

Traffic by airports

Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport had the highest number of passengers in the fifth month of the year at 1,268,338, which is a 75.7% decrease compared to May 2019. It is followed by Palma de Mallorca, with 854,595  (-73.1%);  Josep  Tarradellas  Barcelona-El Prat,  with  852,251   (-81.8%); Gran Canaria with 381,097 (-59%); Málaga-Costa del Sol with 375,721  (-80.4%);  Tenerife  Norte-Ciudad  de  la   Laguna  with  274,788 (-44.7%); Ibiza with 258,374 (-70.9%) and Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández with 219,839 (-84.3%).

In terms of the number of operations, the airport that recorded the highest number of movements in May was Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas with a total of 14,051 and a fall of 62.3% compared to May 2019. It was followed by Palma de Mallorca with 9,402 flights (-58.9%); Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat with 9,342 (-70%); Gran Canaria with 5,628 (-41.3%); Málaga-Costa del Sol with 5,316 (-62%); Tenerife Norte-Ciudad de La Laguna with 4,433 (-30.6%); Ibiza with 3,828 (-51%) and Seville with 3,328 (-44.2%).

The airports mainly operating non-commercial flights with the highest number of movements in May 2021 were Madrid-Cuatro Vientos with 6,910 operations and 39% more compared to 2019; Sabadell with 5,303 (+14.5%) and Jerez with 4,103 (-17.7%).

As far as goods are concerned, 75,590 tons of freight were handled throughout the network in May, 11.9% less than in the same month in 2019 due to the fact that a significant part of regular freight is carried in commercial passenger planes.

The four airports with the highest freight traffic were Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas with 40,822 tons and 9.3% less than in 2019; Zaragoza with 12,785 tons  (-0.6%);   Josep  Tarradellas   Barcelona-El  Prat  with 10,557   tons  (-27.7%); and Vitoria with 5,775 tons (+2.1%).