Barcelona-El Prat and Madrid-Barajas airports both received 3.8 million passengers during last July

Both Barcelona-El Prat and Madrid-Barajas received 3.8 million passengers during the month of July, a figure which represents an increase of 0.3% for the Catalan and a decrease of 14.4% for Madrid’s compared to July 2012. The figures released by Aena, the public body that controls the majority of Spain’s airports, show that El Prat records its highest ever amount of passengers for the month of July and, up until now, a total of 20 million people have passed through its gates this year. Girona airport had 384,187 passengers, a reduction of 1.8%. While Reus airport (south Catalonia) saw passenger levels rise by 0.7% compared to July of 2012 with a total of 166,984.

A passenger at Barcelona-El Prat Airport (by ACN)
A passenger at Barcelona-El Prat Airport (by ACN) / ACN


August 8, 2013 09:31 PM

Barcelona (ACN).- Figures released on Thursday by Spain’s Airport Operator AENA show that the two largest airports in Spain, Barcelona-El Prat and Madrid-Barajas, both received 3.8 million passengers during July. This means that El-Prat has increased its number of passengers by 0.3% compared to July 2012, while Bajaras has seen a significant reduction of 14.4%. The 3.8 million figure is the highest amount of passengers El-Prat has ever experienced during the month of July. The accumulated number of passengers for this year has reached 20 million for the Catalan capital’s airport, a reduction of 1.4% on the same period of 2012. Meanwhile Madrid-Bajaras has, up until now, received 22.7 million passengers, a figure which is 14.7% lower than the period between January and July 2012. During July, the number of international passengers travelling from El-Prat increased by 10% compared to the same month of 2012, the amount of EU passengers rose by 3.5%, while Spanish travellers dropped by 11.1%.

Due to the fires in northern Catalonia in July of 2012 (during which Girona airport became a base for aerial fire fighting planes), Girona-Costa Brava Airport has seen a reduction in travellers of 1.8%, with 384,187 passengers. The airport, located in northern Catalonia, has experienced a notable decline in Italian and Spanish passengers; however, there has been a large increase in those travelling with operators such as Transavia and Wizzair.

Reus Airport (located in southern Catalonia, near the seaside towns of Cambrils and Salou) saw an increase in its passenger levels by 0.7% during July, a 0.7% rise on last year. Furthermore, the Catalan airport has experienced three consecutive months of passenger increases. Reus had 2,240 flights during July, 11.9% higher than July 2012.