Spanish airports close 2020 with a drop of 72.4% of passengers

  • Aerodromes received 200 million fewer passengers than a year earlier due to the pandemic

  • Madrid was the leader in passengers and operations with a drop of 72.3% and 61.1%, respectively

  • El Prat registered 12.7 million passengers, 75.8% less than in 2019, and 122,638 operations, 64.4% less

The airports in the Aena network closed 2020 with 76 million passengers, compared to the 275.2 million in 2019, which represents a drop of 72.4% due to the restrictions on mobility both in Spain and in the rest of the world decreed since last March and that still persist to stop the spread of Covid-19. Of the total number of passengers registered, 75.6 million corresponded to commercial passengers, of which 33.7 million traveled on domestic flights, 60.6% less than in 2019, and 41.8 million did so on international routes. 77.8% less.

According to the data published this Wednesday by the airport manager, in 2020 there were 1.1 million movements of aircraft, 53.4% ​​less; and 787,848 tons of transported goods, 26.3% less than in 2019.

Regarding the month of December, Aena’s airport network registered a total of 3.8 million passengers, 79.1% less than in the same month of 2019. Of these, 3.7 million were commercial passengers, of which 2.1 million corresponded to domestic flights, 66.2% less than in December 2019, and 1.6 million passengers traveled on international routes, 86.3% less. The number of aircraft operations in December 2020 was 75,114 at the airports in the Aena network, 53.9% less than in the same month of the previous year. The transported merchandise totaled 74,425 tons, 22.2% less than in December 2019.

Barajas, leader in passengers

The Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport registered the greater number passengers on the network with 17.1 million, which represents a decrease of 72.3% compared to 2019. It was followed by the Airport Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat, with 12.7 million (-75.8%); Palma de Mallorca, with 6.1 million (-79.4%); Malaga-Costa del Sol, with 5.1 million (-74%), Gran Canaria, with 5.1 million (-61.3%); Alicante-Elche, with 3.7 million (-75.1%); Tenerife South, with 3.3 million (-69.6%) and Tenerife North-Ciudad de la Laguna, with 2.7 million (-52.1%).

Regarding the number of operations, the airport that registered the highest number of movements in 2020 was also the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport, with a total of 165,740 (-61.1%); followed by Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat, with 122,638 (-64.4%); Palma de Mallorca, with 76,851 (-64.6%); Gran Canaria, with 67,282 (-46.8%); Málaga-Costa del Sol, with 59,668 (-58.8%), Tenerife North-Ciudad de la Laguna, with 46,100 (-38.8%), Alicante-Elche, with 37,153 (-63.4%) and Valencia, with 35,900 (-53.8%).

Furthermore, the airports that mainly had non-commercial activity and that accounted for a greater number of movements in 2020 were Madrid-Four Winds, with 44,468 operations (-14.4%); Sabadell, with 40,650 (-19.8%); and Jerez, with 37,024 (-32.1%).

787,848 tons of cargo

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As far as merchandise is concerned, in 2020 787,848 tons of cargo were transported throughout the Aena network, 26.3% less compared to 2019, due to the fact that a very important part of the usual cargo has been transferred in commercial passenger aircraft.

The four airports that registered the highest freight traffic last year were Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, with a total of 401,133 tons (-28.4%); Zaragoza, 143,600 tons (-21.4%); Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat, with 114,263 (-35.4%), and Vitoria, with 64,334 tons (-0.2%).


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