Málaga airport, gateway to the Costa del Sol, enjoyed its busiest Semana Santa ever whilst the entire Spanish peninsula shattered all expectations for tourist arrivals during the Easter week.
With both runways open and fully operational, Málaga airport handled a total of 4,182 flights carrying 718,542 passengers, 195,894 more than during the previous years seven day Easter period. Whilst activity at the airport was comparable to that of the summer months, average hotel occupancy rates on the Costa del Sol were also up, reaching 83.57% during the same period. Miguel Sanchez, President of the Andalucían Tourism Board stated “it’s a long time since we’ve had a Semana Santa like this”.
Nationwide Spain saw 31,220 scheduled flights carrying over 5.1 million passengers with a further 14.8 million choosing the countries motorways to travel. Hotel occupancy rates were also 10% higher this year according to Íñigo de la Serna, Spain’s Public Works Minister, who stated “Frankly, things could not have gone better” then adding “Our economy keeps on growing, and this new push makes us optimistic about growth forecasts for the Spanish economy”.
As hotels and restaurants surpassed profit expectations, the tourism industry is hoping to set a new high this year, eclipsing Spain’s record breaking 75 million foreign visitors last year.