Ready for lift-off. | Leszek Szymanski

Airport operator Aena expects traffic through its Spanish terminals to recover to pre-pandemic levels this summer, a company source said.

The company estimates that between March and October, airlines will offer 220 million seats to and from Spanish airports, or about 3.6% more than in the same period in 2019, the source said.

Domestic, short-haul and long-haul flights to Latin America will lead the recovery while traffic to the United States and Asia will remain below pre-pandemic levels, the source said.

The number of passengers through its airports jumped by nearly 58% to nearly 120 million in 2021, Aena reported last month, though that was still just 43.6% of pre-pandemic levels.

The company said it will lower its 2022 tariffs by 3.17% compared to what it had charged to airlines in 2021 to be more competitive compared with other European airports.