STAFF REPORTER
FROM January to July this year, the Balearic Islands, Catalonia and Andalucia were the three regions of Spain which proved most popular for low cost flight holiday-makers.

According to a Central Government report published yesterday, the Balearics accounted for 22 percent of all air traffic in this category coming to Spain during this 7-month period.

However, even low cost airlines can't escape the recession and despite the 15.82 million people they transported to Spain during this period, the figure reflected a 7.6 percent downturn in comparison with the first 7-months of last year. It was not as bad though as the losses suffered by traditional carriers who saw business plunge by 13 percent over the space of a year.

Madrid was the only region of the country where there was an increase in the number of low cost airline passengers from January to July. The government report said that low cost travellers accounted for 49.9 percent of all air traffic to Spain from January to July this year, with year-on-year figures showing that this category of airline is proving increasingly popular amongst travellers.

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