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Airport Use Indicates Strong Tourism Boom in Spain

It looks like Spain is becoming a prime destination for tourists from all over the world, according to new figures released from the Spanish authorities.

Month by month in 2015 there have been more passengers flowing through all Spanish airports combined, and the latest figures for May show no exception, with 6.7% more passengers than May 2014.

13.4 million international passengers flew into Spanish airports in May altogether, and there were over 5.26 million passengers flying domestically, that is, between Spanish airports.

There was just one dip in the report, that of Tenerife Sur. But the other islands of the Canaries, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife North and Fuerteventura, all did well.

Spain’s busiest airport, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, led the way, with an amazing 12.8% rise on last year, receiving almost 4 million passengers. The airport services the Madrid area, which is a major tourist destination. So too are other Spanish spots like Palma de Mallorca, Malaga, Costa del Sol, Ibiza, Alicante-Elche, Valencia, Sevilla, Bilboa and Menorca which also showed a large increase in the number of arrivals.

Although domestic travel is likely to be business related, the foreign travellers who arrived from Britain, Italy, Germany and France are likely to be seeking a holiday in the sun. The fact that these figures are only from the first half of the year up till May and not yet from the peak season, predicts that when June, July and August visitors arrive for their summer holidays, Spain will find itself with a bumper summer holiday this year.