Malaga HolidaysStatistics that have just been released for the past year show the incredible number of visitors who travel to the Costa del Sol via Málaga airport. Even in these difficult times, they do make heart warming reading for this is the mainstay of income for this beautiful area. The United Kingdom takes the first two positions in the ranking with almost 790,000 passengers arriving from London Gatwick and Manchester providing another 400,000 travellers. Next is Dublin in Ireland with an impressive 360,000 visitors and interestingly in fourth place, are the French with 350,000 coming to Málaga from Paris Charles de Gaulle.

Next in line is London Stansted with 280,000 visitors, then 268,000 from Amsterdam, 256,000 from Birmingham UK and 253,000 from Brussels in Belgium. The final two in the top 10 ratings are both from the United Kingdom with Bristol providing 220,000 and East Midlands with 249,000 holidaymakers.

This confirms that the busiest routes are those within the EU with particular emphasis on those passengers from the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is gratifying to note that the French contingency has strengthened significantly along with the Belgians. The Netherlands has always been good for the Costa del Sol with the Dutch travelling consistently over the years.

The ranking of the busiest airlines arriving in to Málaga airport operating the most flights sees Ryanair at the top with 21% followed by EasyJet with 15% both out of the United Kingdom and Ireland. The remaining seven of the top eleven are Vueling, Iberia, Air Berlin, Aer Lingus, Monarch, Air Europa, Transavia, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Thomson Airways.

Other statistics that have emerged from the survey indicates the incredible and growing diversity in countries and cities visiting the shores of Andalucia. These include Aeroflot from Moscow, Air Bucharest and Blue Air from Hungary, AirExplore from Milan, Air France from Toulouse and Bordeaux, Air Mediterranee from Lyon, Alitalia from Rome, AlbaStar from Catania and Milan, Arkefly from Amsterdam Avion Express from Bologna, Bulgaria Air from Sofia, Condor from Frankfurt and Munich, Enter Air and LOT from Warsaw, Estonian Air from Tallin, Europe Airpost from Brest, Caen, Lille, Marseille, Metz and Nancy, Finnair from Helsinki, Icelandair from Reykjavik, Freebird Airlines from Istanbul, Luxair from Luxembourg, Mistral Air from Bergamo in Italy, Niki from Vienna, Norwegian Air from Gothenburg, Oslo and Stockholm, Royal Air Maroc from Casablanca, Smart Wings from Prague, Sun d’Or from Tel Aviv, Swissair from Zurich and Geneva, TAP from Lisbon, Tunisair from Tunis and many more chartered airlines. All working hard to increase the number of visitors to Malaga and the Costa del Sol.

Further research shows that travellers are increasing in numbers from China, Japan and the Americas. The important thing now is to present the merits of Spain and particularly Andalucia, to the world wide audience. Judging from the number of flights in and out of Málaga airport and the huge diversity of destinations, it is vital that we have a presence in these places. Turespaña have continued to undertake this for the current year by taking a substantial stand at the 20th International fair of Moscow “tourism and travel” (MITT 2013) recently held in the Russian capital. Plans are also in place to participate in all the top venues during this year and into the next.


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