In the month of August, the Canary Islands’ airports, operating under the Aena network, reported a collective total of 4,103,245 passengers, indicating a 2.6% year-over-year increase compared to August 2022. A breakdown reveals that of this total, 4,081,902 were commercial travellers. Within that segment, international flight passengers accounted for 2,188,694, up by 2.3% from the previous year, while domestic flights carried 1,893,208 passengers, marking a 3.1% year-over-year increase, as detailed in Aena’s official press statement.
Additionally, the airports in the archipelago processed 38,164 aircraft movements, up by 7.1%, and facilitated the transportation of 2,604 tonnes of cargo, reflecting a 7.7% increase.
When assessing individual airport performances, Gran Canaria led in passenger numbers for August with a count of 1,129,345, a 3.6% increase compared to 2022. It was followed by Tenerife South, registering 957,930 passengers, showing a growth of 6.5%. César Manrique-Lanzarote reported 756,534 passengers, breaking a monthly record with a 4.7% increase. Other airports, such as Tenerife Norte-Ciudad de La Laguna and Fuerteventura, recorded 563,459 (+2.4%) and 527,822 (-5.1%) passengers, respectively. La Palma saw 122,426 passengers, a decline of 11.2%, while El Hierro and La Gomera recorded 32,514 (+7.6%) and 13,215 (+4.4%) passengers, respectively, both marking record monthly figures.
CANARY ISLANDS AIRPORTS: MORE THAN 31.6 MILLION PASSENGERS UP TO AUGUST
Regarding the cumulative data up to August 2023, airports in the Canary Islands registered 31,645,002 passengers, representing a 13.9% growth relative to the January-August period in 2022. Of these, 31,343,421 were commercial passengers, subdivided into 18,248,681 international and 13,094,740 domestic travellers, showing increases of 14.4% and 13.2%, respectively. Aircraft movements up to this point in the year totaled 286,095, a rise of 8.9% from 2022. However, freight transport saw a slight decline of 3.7%, amounting to 20,042 tonnes.
During the initial eight months of 2023, Gran Canaria airport led in passenger numbers with 9,079,574, up by 15.6% from the same period in 2022. It was closely followed by Tenerife South with 7,978,317 passengers, reflecting a 16.3% growth. Other noteworthy performers included César Manrique-Lanzarote with 5,430,558 (+14.2%); Tenerife Norte-Ciudad de La Laguna with 4,042,199 (+11.8%); Fuerteventura with 3,949,767 (+8.9%); La Palma with 893,044 (+7.2%); El Hierro with 197,066 (+10.3%); and La Gomera with 74,477 passengers, marking the most substantial growth at 20.8%.