The airports in Aena’s network recorded 2,814,424 passengers in January

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12 February 2021

There were 61,440 aircraft movements operated and 62,086 tons of freight carried across the network

The decline continues following restrictions on domestic and international travel due to the spread of COVID-19

The airports in the Aena network closed January with 2,814,424 passengers, 83.4% fewer than in the same month last year, along with 61,440 aircraft movements, 60.8% lower, and 62,086 tons of freight, -28.6% lower.

Out of the total number of travellers recorded in January, 2,780,835 were commercial passengers with 1,236,326 on international flights, 88.7% less than in January 2020, and 1,544,509 on domestic flights, down by 74%. The decline in passenger traffic has continued this month due to restrictions on travel both in Spain and the rest of the world caused by the spread of COVID-19.

Traffic by airports

Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport had the highest number of passengers in the first month of the year at 845,168, which is a -81.9% decrease over January 2020. It is followed by Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport, with 411,486 (-87.9%); Gran Canaria with 234,986 (-79.9%); Málaga-Costa del Sol with 168,111 (-83.9%); Palma de Mallorca with 165,533  (-79.8%);  Tenerife Norte-Ciudad de La Laguna with 137,863

(-68.9%) and Tenerife Sur with 97,926 (-89.7%).

In terms of the number of operations, the airport that recorded the highest number of movements in January was Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas with a total of 10,138 (-69.5%), followed by Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat with 5,572 flights (-76.2%); Gran Canaria with 4,382 (-58.6%); Palma de Mallorca with 3,333 (-56.5%); Tenerife Norte-Ciudad de La Laguna with 2,941 (-50.9%); Málaga-Costa del Sol with 2,895 (-65.7%); Valencia with 2,052 (-62.5%) and Seville with 1,741 (-63.2%).

The airports mainly operating non-commercial flights with the highest number  of movements  in January were Sabadell with 3,591 operations       (-3.9%); Jerez with 2,786 (-19.2%)  and Madrid-Cuatro Vientos with 1,403 (-57.7%).

As far as goods are concerned, 62,086 tons of freight were handled throughout the network in January, 28.6% less than in the same month in 2020 due to the fact that a very significant part of regular freight is carried in commercial passenger planes.

The four airports with the highest freight traffic were Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas with 26,969 tons (-41.2%); Zaragoza with 15,453 tons (+3.2%); Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat with 9,474 tons (-31.2%); and Vitoria with 5,695 tons (+8.4%).