Low-cost airlines gain in Spain

23rd July 2007, Comments 0 comments

23 July 2007 , MADRID – Low-cost airlines are grabbing an increasing share of passengers arriving in Spain and nibbling away at the numbers of travellers using traditional carriers, according to a government report released on Monday.


23 July 2007

MADRID – Low-cost airlines are grabbing an increasing share of passengers arriving in Spain and nibbling away at the numbers of travellers using traditional carriers, according to a government report released on Monday.

According to the study, the number of passengers flying cut-rate carriers to Spain grew last month by 29.1 percent compared with June, 2006, to 2.2 million, or 37.6 percent of the total.

At the same time, passengers numbers on traditional airlines slipped in June to 3.6 million, or 1.8 percent less than the same month one year ago.

In the first half of this year, a total of 27 million people flew to Spain for a 7 percent rise over the same period in 2006.

The report by the Tourism Studies Institute, which is part of the Industry, Tourism and Commerce Ministry, said that Ryanair, EasyJet and Air Berlin accounted for 60 percent of traffic by low-cost carriers to Spain.

Palma de Majorca, Málaga and Barcelona were the three top Spanish airports served by the cut-rate airlines during the first six months of this year.

Britain, Germany and Italy were the three main generating markets for travellers coming to Spain, followed by the Netherlands and France, the report said.

 (Copyright EFE with Expatica)

                                     Subject: Spanish News 

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