In the first 6 months of the year, Spain exceeded 43 million passengers, 24.3% more than in the same period of 2022.
In June, passengers arriving in Spain from international airports reached 9.1 million, 10% more than in the same month of 2022, according to data released by Turespaña. In the first six months of the year, 43 million passengers have been reached, which represents 24.3% more than in the same period of 2022.
International air passengers
For the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Héctor Gómez, “We continue with extraordinary data that demonstrate the growth potential of tourism in Spain, which translates into higher income, and an increase in the number of workers in the tourism sector. For the remainder of the year, the forecasts are extraordinary”.
Passengers to Spain from all major countries increased in June. 55.4% of the total number of passengers came from the European Union, an increase of +7.8%, while the flow from the rest of the world, which accounted for the remaining 44.6%, grew by +12.9%.
Compared to the figures of the previous year, the markets with the highest growth were Poland, with +37%, followed by Portugal and Italy, with +19.7% and +15.4% respectively.
The UK accounted for 25.1% of all passengers arriving in Spain in June, registering a year-on-year increase of +9.8%. This growth had an impact on all the communities, but especially on the Balearic and Canary Islands, which were the destination of 28% and 20.6% of its passengers.
Passenger arrivals from Germany (14.5% of the total) decreased by -0.3%, benefiting especially the Balearic Islands (48.5% of passengers).
Italy accounted for 9.1% of passenger arrivals in June, registering a year-on-year growth of +15.4%, benefiting, in particular, Catalonia (28.7% of passengers) and Madrid (25.3%).
France issued 7.5% of the total number of passengers in June, showing an expansion of +5.9% which particularly favoured Madrid (25% of passengers) and Catalonia (22.3%).
Passengers arriving in June from the Netherlands, 4.8% of the total, experienced an increase of +2.7%, with Catalonia as the main destination (22% of passengers).
Communities of destination
Growth in the six Autonomous Communities with the highest number of arrivals (a share of 96.9 % of the total) was +9.7 %. The Balearic Islands was the region with the highest number of arrivals (22.8% of the total), followed by Madrid (20.4%) and Catalonia (20%). Among the six main regions, Comunidad Valenciana recorded the highest year-on-year growth (+14.5 %).
Madrid was the region with the highest share of arrivals on traditional airlines (40.6 %) and Catalonia recorded the highest increase compared to the same month in 2022 (+25.3 %).
In terms of low-cost airline traffic, the Balearic Islands was the region with the highest share of arrivals (26.3 %), followed by Catalonia (22.1 %), and the Community of Valencia experienced the highest year-on-year growth (+15.6 %).