Budget airlines carry 50 pct of passengers to Spain
Low-cost airlines Ryanair and easyJet, along with Air Berlin, account for over 60 percent of all low-cost flights in and out of Spain.Madrid – Low-cost airlines brought more than 50 percent of all passengers to Spain in July, with Britain, Germany and Italy the main markets, while traditional carriers saw a sharp drop, the tourism ministry said Monday.
Of the 6.42 million foreign visitors who touched down at Spanish airports in July, 51.9 percent did so on a low-cost airline, down 1.4 percentage points from the same month last year, it said in a statement.
Faring worse, the number of passengers on traditional airlines such as Spanish flag carrier Iberia fell 10.4 percentage points to 48.1 percent.
Britain accounted for four in every 10 arrivals on low-cost airlines, Germany a quarter and Italy 8.9 percent.
Europe's two biggest low-cost airlines, Ryanair and easyJet, along with Air Berlin, account for over 60 percent of all low-cost flights in and out of Spain.
Last year, Spain was overtaken by the United States as the second most visited country after France, according to the World Tourism Organization.
A total of 30.2 million people visited Spain in the first seven months of the year -- a 10.3 decline over the corresponding period in 2008.
AFP / Expatica