Canary Islands airports welcome four million travellers this year so far

The number comprises the results through November and represents an increase of 4.5% compared to the same period in 2019
Picture of tourists at the South Airport by Sergio Méndez

According to the data released by AENA, a state-owned company and one of the largest airport operators in the world, Canary Islands airports closed the month of November with 4,001,633 passengers, 4.5% more as compared to the respective period in 2019.

The Canary Islands airports with the highest passenger traffic were Gran Canaria, with 1,197,740 (+0.6%); Tenerife South, 1,063,065 (+8.3%), and César Manrique-Lanzarote, with 632,229 (+11.2%).

In relation to the number of operations, 36,779 movements were recorded in November, which is 7.1% more than those registered in the same month of 2019.

Of the total number of commercial passengers (38,950,522), 16,313,782 are domestic flights, which means a recovery of 97.6% taking into account the same months of 2019, and 22,636,740, to international flights, a 93.8% recovery over the figures in the same period of 2019.

Travel Agencies

At the same time, 37.3% of travel agencies consider that the turnover obtained in 2022 is better than that of 2019, and as such they face the year 2023 with moderate optimism.

The Canary Islands are among the most sought-after national destinations. Such is the conclusion upon the analysis of the year’s results carried out by the Spanish Confederation of Travel Agencies (CEAV) as its president, Carlos Garrido, defined on Monday, December 12th, the year 2022 as “the year of recovery”.

In the survey carried out with the purpose of evaluating the results of the year, almost 40% of the agencies admit an improvement in turnover with respect to 2019 and 26.8% perceive it as stable.

One thing that stands out is that a considerate number of agencies, 81.9%, have noticed the change in consumer habits when it comes to travelling after the pandemic and the macroeconomic environment: an increase in the desire to travel and uncertainty, which causes people to book much less in advance.

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