The Canary Islands airports closed the month of March 2023 with 4,328,188 passengers, thus exceeding the figures for the same month in 2019, a pre-pandemic year, by 2.5%, and surpassing the figures for March 2022 by 17.6%.
As reported by Aena Airports Network, 38,450 aircraft movements were handled in March alone, which is 3.1% more than in 2019 and up 11.3% on 2022.
In addition, 2,831 tonnes of cargo were handled, representing a recovery of 83.3% over the same month in 2019 and 0.9% more than in March 2022.
Meanwhile, of the total number of passengers recorded in March, 4,264,949 corresponded to passengers on commercial flights, of which 2,689,388 travelled on international flights (representing a recovery of 97.5% compared to March 2019 and 15.5% more than in 2022) and 1,575,561 did so on domestic flights (9.9% more than before the pandemic and 20.8% more than last year).
By airports, Gran Canaria recorded the highest number of passengers in this third month of the year with 1,290,562, which represents a recovery of 99% over March 2019 and an increase of 22.1% compared to the same month last year.
It is followed by Tenerife South Airport, which with 1,158,755 passengers recorded an increase of 4.6% over 2019 and 16.4% over 2022; César Manrique-Lanzarote, with 692. 985 (+3.6% and +14%, respectively); Fuerteventura, with 541,932 (+6.3% and +12.9%); Tenerife Norte-Ciudad de La Laguna, with 493,829 (+5.5% and +17.3%); La Palma, with 119,011 (-13.2% and +30.9%) and El Hierro, with 23,205 (+16.1% and +11.9%).
In the case of La Gomera, with 7,909 passengers, is where the highest percentage growth is recorded, with an increase of 50.8% over the same month of 2019 and 30.4% more than the passengers reached in March 2022.
THE CANARY ISLANDS: MORE THAN 12 MILLION PASSENGERS SO FAR THIS YEAR
On the other hand, so far this year, Canary Islands airports have registered 12,167,163 passengers, exceeding the accumulated data from January to March 2019 by 5.3% and those of 2022 by 29.4%.
Of the number of passengers on commercial flights, 7,650,390 were on international flights (1.2% more than the cumulative figure for 2019 and 30.5% more than the same period in 2022) and 4,345,777 were on domestic flights (11% more than before the pandemic and 27.5% more than last year).