The eight Canarian airports have registered a total of 15,077,361 passengers so far this year, representing an increase of 4.4% over the same period of 2017, according to data from Aena.
Of the total number of commercial passengers (14,897,515), 9,939,622 correspond to international traffic, with a decrease of 1.8% compared to the same quarter last year, and 4,957,893 to national, with an increase of 20 ,2%.
The archipelago’s airports with the largest number of passengers during these four months were Gran Canaria and Tenerife Sur, with 4,687,670 (+ 5.4%) and 3,848,666 (-1.6%), occupying the fifth and sixth places in the Aena network.
It is followed by Lanzarote, with 2,358,474 (+ 1.5%); Fuerteventura, 2,017,368 (+ 5%); Tenerife North, 1,617,476 (+ 20.4%); La Palma, 462,194 (+ 7.8%); El Hierro, with 71,831 travelers and 43.7% more, the highest percentage increase in the semester, and La Gomera, 13,682 (+ 16.9%).
The number of operations counted in the archipelago is 137,052, 10.2% more than the same period of 2017, and 12,455 tons of merchandise were transported.
In April, Canary Islands airports registered a total of 3,684,732 passengers, 3.3% less than in April 2017. Of the total number of commercial travelers (3,649,470), 2,311,132 were international flights, an 11 , 2% less, and 1,338,338 nationals, 13.9% more.
Last year, the special operation of Holy Week was in April, while this year was in March, which has been felt in some airports.
The airports that served the largest number of travelers were Gran Canaria, with 1,092,340 (-2.1%); Tenerife South, with 894,553 (-11.1%) and Lanzarote, with 600,312 (-8%).
Fuerteventura registered 507,318 passengers (-4.6%); Tenerife North, 450,340 (+ 18.6%); La Palma, 116,281 (+ 6.1%); El Hierro, with 19,540 and 37.3% more, again the largest percentage increase, and La Gomera, 4,048 (+ 15.6%).
Regarding the number of operations, 34,366 were made, 9% more than in the same month of the previous year. In terms of freight traffic, more than 3,017 tons were transported, which is 1.6% more than in April 2017.