The Spanish airports lost over 16 million passengers

Since the beginning of the financial crisis, the Spanish airports lost 16.3 million passengers. According to the data published by Aena, 2012 ended with 194.2 million passengers. This means a decrease by 7.7% in comparison with 2007, when 210.5 million passengers used the Spanish facilities.

In 2008 and 2009 the number of passengers decreased by 2.4% and 9.4% respectively. However, in 2010 and 2011 the figures increased by 2.8% and 6% respectively. This let the Spanish airports have over 204 million travellers. But in 2012 the downward trend appeared again and the airports lost passengers by 5% with regards to the previous year. Also, 2013 has started with strong decreases by 9.1% in January and 10.2% in February. According to the information provided by the General Manager of Air Navigation, Ignacio González, the overall loss in 2013 might be around 6%.

In terms of flights, the reduction has been even stronger. According to Aena, in the last five years, the number of operations has decreased by 23% (nearly 600,000 flights less). The number of flights has decreased every year but in 2011, when the number increased by 1%.

When it comes to Madrid, the operations have decreased by 22.8% in five years (110,000 flights less). Barcelona has ended 2012 with 290,004 flights, which mean a decrease by 17.6% against 2007.