Passenger traffic at airports in the Aena network is down by 72.4% due to the travel restrictions resulting from COVID-19


13 January 2021

Curbs on domestic and international travel remain in place to prevent the spread of the virus

The number of passengers stands at 76,064,322 compared to 275,247,387 in 2019

There were 1,101,185 aircraft movements operated (-53.4%) and 787,848 tons of freight carried across the network (-26.3%)

The airports in the Aena network closed 2020 with 76,064,322 passengers, 72.4% fewer than the previous year, along with 1,101,185 aircraft movements, 53.4% lower, and 787,848 tons of freight transported, 26.3% lower than in 2019. 

Out of the total number of passengers registered, 75,641,258 were commercial passengers with 33,754,971 on domestic flights, 60.6% less than in 2019, and 41,886,287 on international routes, down by 77.8%.

The decline in passenger traffic was due to the travel restrictions in both Spain and the rest of the world caused by the spread of COVID-19 since last March and which are still in place.   

Traffic by airports

Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport had the highest number of passengers in the network at 17,112,389 travellers, which is a 72.3% decrease over 2019. It was followed by Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport, with 12,739,259 (-75.8%); Palma de Mallorca, with 6,108,486 (-79.4%); Málaga-Costa del Sol, with 5,161,636 (-74%); Gran Canaria, with 5,134,372 (-61.3%); Alicante-Elche,  with  3,739,499 (-75.1%);  Tenerife Sur, with 3,392,329

(-69.6%); and Tenerife Norte-Ciudad de La Laguna, with 2,795,952 (-52.1%).

In terms of the number of operations, the airport that recorded the highest number of movements in 2020 was Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas with a total of 165,740 (-61.1%), followed by Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat with 122,638 (-64.4%); Palma de Mallorca with 76,851 (-64.6%); Gran Canaria with 67,282 (-46.8%); Málaga-Costa del Sol with 59,668 (-58.8%); Tenerife Norte-Ciudad de la Laguna with 46,100 (-38.8%); Alicante-Elche with 37,153 (-63.4%); and Valencia with 35,900 (-53.8%).

The airports mainly operating non-commercial flights with the highest number of  movements  in 2020 were Madrid-Cuatro Vientos with 44,468 operations (-14.4%), Sabadell with 40,650 (-19.8%) and Jerez with 37,024 (-32.1%).

In terms of freight, 787,848 tonnes were transported in the entire Aena network in 2020, 26.3% less than in 2019 because much of the usual freight was shifted to commercial passenger airplanes.

The four airports with the highest freight traffic last year were Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas with a total of 401,133 tons (-28.4%); Zaragoza with 143,600 tons   (-21.4%);  Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat  with  114,263 tons  (-35.4%); and Vitoria with 64,334 tons (-0.2%).

December 2020

With regard to the month of December, the Aena airport network registered a total of 3,818,162 passengers, 79.1% lower than in December 2019. Of this total, 3,790,610 were commercial domestic passengers, 2,180,287 of whom were on domestic flights, 66.2% fewer than in December 2019, while 1,610,323 were flying on international routes, an 86.3% decline.

There were 75,114 aircraft operations in the airports in the Aena network in December 2020, 53.9% lower than in December 2019. The total amount of freight transported was 74,425 tonnes, 22.2% less than in December 2019.