Palma.—Low cost airlines carried 7.1 million passengers in and out of the Balearics until September this year, a 4.6 percent upturn in comparison with the same period last year, the Institute for Tourist Studies (IET) said yesterday.

The Balearics increased its “low cost” passenger volume in September this year by 7 percent in comparison with the same month in 2011. A total of 1'181'390 passengers landed or took off from Balearic airports last month. The figure accounts for 29.5% of regional air traffic, resulting in the Balearics being the most successful region of Spain in relation to “low cost” flights.

In fact, from January to September this year, the Balearics, Catalonia and the Canary Islands were the most successful in Spain in this regard. The Balearics was top of the list accounting for 24.2 percent of arrivals, 7'162'796 passengers, followed by Catalonia and the Canary Islands. According to key client markets, the United Kingdom and Germany led the ratings for low cost air companies, with 36.1% (10.6 million passengers) and 19.5% (5.7 million) of the passenger market. Italy provided the third highest number of passengers. “Low cost” travel accounted for 60.1% of all air traffic in September.”