Spain reached 10.3 million international air passengers in July, 11.5% more than a year ago

In July, passengers from international airports who arrived in Spain were close to 10.3 million, 11.5% more than in the same month of 2022, according to data released on Monday by Turespaña. In relation to the best historical data, from July 2019, today’s figure is just 1.62% lower.

For the acting Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Héctor Gómez, “Spain is a leading destination and this is demonstrated by today’s data, which certifies the sweet summer that the sector is experiencing at all levels, with record spending and tourist arrivals and with a horizon of model change towards quality and sustainability that is already unstoppable”.

In the month of July, passengers to Spain increased from all the main countries. 56% of all passengers came from the European Union, experiencing a rise of 11.4%, while the flow from the rest of the world, which accounted for the remaining 44%, grew by 11.7%.

Compared with the figures of the immediately previous year, the markets that registered the highest growth in July were Poland, with 34.7% more, followed by Portugal and Italy, with 23.3% growth, and 18.8% respectively.

The United Kingdom generated 24.1% of all passengers arriving in Spain in July, registering an interannual increase of 8.2%. This growth affected all communities, but especially the Balearic and Canary Islands, which were the destination of 28.7% and 20.1% of its passengers.

Passenger arrivals from Germany (14.2% of the total) increased by 6.6%, especially benefiting the Balearic Islands (48.4% of passengers).

9.3% of the flow of passengers received in July arrived from Italy, recording year-on-year growth of 18.8%, which particularly benefited Catalonia (27.4% of passengers) and Madrid (23.3%).

France issued 7.8% of all passengers in July, showing an expansion of 5.8% that especially favoured the Balearic Islands (23.4% of passengers), Madrid (21.6%) and Catalonia (21%).

Passengers arriving in July from the Netherlands, 4.7% of the total, experienced an increase of 15%, with Catalonia as the main destination (22.5% of passengers).

The growth in the group of the six autonomous communities with the most arrivals (share of 96.6% of the total) was 11.1%. The Balearic Islands was the community with the most arrivals (23.8% of the total), followed by Catalonia (19.6%) and Madrid (19.4%). Among the six main ones, Comunidad Valenciana was the one that registered the highest year-on-year growth (16.7%).

Madrid was the community with the highest share of arrivals in traditional companies (35.5%) and Catalonia the one that registered the greatest increase compared to the same month of 2022 (25.3%).

Regarding the traffic of low-cost companies, the Balearic Islands was the community with the highest share of arrivals (26.9%), followed by Catalonia (22.4%), and the Valencian Community, which experienced the greatest year-on-year growth (18.7%).