The Canary Islands has biggest increase in flight seats for Summer in all of Spain
Canary Islands airports are top of the list for the increase in the number of air passengers scheduled for Summer 2022, compared to 2019, in the whole of Spain with an increase of 9%. According to data from AENA, which manages all of Spain’s airports, there are 31.5 million seats scheduled to the archipelago.
Nationally there are 215.6 million flight seats scheduled to Spain for the summer season, which represents an increase of 1.6% with respect to the final numbers of the 2019 summer season, before the start of the pandemic.
This figure is the result of the latest adjustments made by the airlines, which are common in the weeks before the start of the season, and don’t include any flights from Ukraine or Russia, which normally represent around 1% of the scheduled seats.
As for flights, these figures represent just over 1.2 million commercial operations, which is a decrease of 1.3% compared to the 2019 summer season.
The airports from which the most traffic of these passengers are Madrid-Barajas, with more than 42.6 million (95% recovery), and Barcelona-El Prat, with more than 36.2 million (90% recovery).
RECOVERY IN THE CANARY AND BALEARIC ISLANDS:
In the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria has the most flight seats scheduled with 8.5 million, a 3% increase over 2019; followed by Tenerife Sur, with 7.3 million, 12% more, and Lanzarote, with 5.6 million, 15% more.
The expected growth in the Balearic Islands airports also stands out: Palma de Mallorca is expected to have an 11% increase in seats (31.2 million), Ibiza an 11% increase (9.3 million), and Menorca, with an increase of 40% (5.1 million places).
By geographical area, the offer of seats in the domestic market between Spanish airports increased by 7%, with 69.3 million seats, while in the international market, the number has decreased by 1%, with more than 146.4 million.
After Spain, the countries where airlines have offered the highest number of seats for the 2022 summer season are the United Kingdom with 35 million (-3%), Germany, with 21.6 million (-6%), and Italy with 13 million seats offered (+5%).
AENA assures that the general data for this 2022 summer season is "positive", but acknowledges that the degree of uncertainty "remains high" due to the evolution of the pandemic, the conflict in Ukraine, or the rise in fuel prices. They advise that it is always important to remember that flight schedules are subject to change by airlines.