22.02.2024 | 12:55

Brits opt for the Balearic Islands and low-cost airlines

17 August, 2022

The impact of British tourists arriving in Spain was felt across the country in June, but especially in the Balearic Islands, with the majority of passengers from the UK flying on a low-cost airlines (78%). In total, Spanish airports received 2,079,084 passengers from the UK, which represents an 83.6% market recovery compared to 2019.

Altogether, Spain received more than 8.2 million passengers from international airports in June, 85.5% of the amount arriving in the same month in 2019, and 3.5 times more than June of last year, according to data published by Turespaña, which is based on Aena records.

“The Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands are leading the way with the recovery of international travellers, no doubt boosted by the return of British tourists in 2022, who represent one out of every four passengers. Spanish islands are now closing in on pre-pandemic figures at the start of a peak season that’s already posting encouraging results, even in the current context of rising prices”, noted the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto.

Although international air passengers are not necessarily international tourists, as they also include Spanish residents returning from international airports, they do represent the vast majority. Of the total number of passengers, 59.7% travelled on a low-cost airlines and 40.3% on traditional carriers.