Barcelona airport passengers down by 85% in October

Renewed coronavirus restrictions see number of flights dwindling again after slight recovery over summer months

A plane in Barcelona's airport (by Aena)
A plane in Barcelona's airport (by Aena) / ACN

ACN | Barcelona

November 12, 2020 08:03 PM

The Barcelona airport lost approximately four million passengers last October, down by 84.7% from the same month in 2019 due to the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions enacted to tackle it.

So far, 11.8 million travelers have landed in or taken flights from Barcelona’s Josep Tarradellas-El Prat airport during the first ten months of 2020, a 73.9% decrease compared to a year ago.

The number of flights fell to 8,939 in October, a 71% yearly decrease, amounting to 110,162 takeoffs and landings since the beginning of 2020 and a 62.6% drop.

While airport traffic recovered slightly over the summer, when most anti-covid measures were eased during the so-called "new normality", the sharp increase in infections forced authorities to reimpose a number of restrictions, leading to many flight cancellations.