The top 48 airports in Spain handled a total of 215.1m passengers in the first eleven months of 2016, representing an increase of 10.9%.
At the same time, Spanish airports operator AENA reports that the country’s top 16 busiest airports all reported strong passenger growth in the same 11 months, with 11 showing robust increases of more than 11%.
The biggest – Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport – showed good passenger growth of 7.2% to 3.9m passengers in November and a rise of 7.4% in accumulated passengers for the year to 46.3m.
This was followed by Barcelona-El Prat with 3m passengers in November (+9.1%) and 41.1m in the first 11 months (+10.9%). Gran Canaria followed in November with +5.2% to 1m passengers, alongside 10.9m for the full 11-month period.
Between January and November the other airports showing strong growth over the 11-month period within the top 16 (in descending order) were as follows:
Palma de Mallorca 25.5m (+10.7%); Malaga 15.7m (+15.5%); Alicante 11.6m (+16.8%); Tenerife Sur 9.5m (14.8%); Ibiza 7.2m (+14.6%); Lanzarote 6.1m (+8.4%); Valencia 5.3m (+14.2%; Fuerteventura 5.2m +12.8%; Seviila 4.2m (+7.3%); Bilbao 4.2m (+7.3%; Tenerife Norte 3.8m (+11.3%); Minorca 3.1m (+10.9%); and Santiago 2.3m (+9.6%).