Low-cost airlines transported more than 53 million passengers in 2019, up 6.4%

The United Kingdom, with 16.8 million passengers and 31.4% of the total, led the arrival of passengers on low-cost flights to Spain

Low-cost airlines transported 53.56 million travelers in Spain in 2019, 6.4% more than in 2018, capturing 56.7% of total air traffic, compared to traditional companies, with 40.9 million travelers, 0.1% less and 43.3% of the total flow.

According to data from Turespaña, an agency under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, in total 94.5 million passengers were transported in 2019, 3.5% more than in 2018.

In December, low-cost airlines transported more than 3.3 million passengers, which was 4% more than in the same month of 2018. On their side, traditional companies transported 2.7 million passengers , 1.5% more. In total, more than six million passengers were registered in December, 2.9% more.

The United Kingdom, with 16.8 million passengers and 31.4% of the total, led the low-cost arrivals to Spain, with a growth of 5.5% in 2019. In December, this market accounted for 29.8% of the ‘low cost’ total, with 991,985 passengers (+ 9.2%), which were registered mainly in the Canary Islands, the Valencian Community and Andalusia.

It was followed by Germany, with 15% of arrivals, up to more than eight million travelers in 2019 at low cost, 3.7% more, and Italy, with 11.4% of the total, and more than six million low cost travelers, 6.6% more.

In December, low-cost arrivals from the German market decreased by 9.7%, although it issued 12.6% of passengers arriving in Spain, while from Italy 13% of total passengers were registered.


Barcelona-El Prat airport accounted for 23.8% of total travelers in ‘low cost’ in 2019, with an increase of 6.1% reaching 12.7 million passengers.

It was followed by Palma airport with 14.2% of the flow of passengers in ‘low cost’ companies, transporting 7.6 million passengers, representing an increase of 8.1% compared to 2018.

By communities, Catalonia brought together 26.1% of low-cost passengers arriving in Spain during the year, which represents almost 14 million passengers, 5.3% more. The Balearic Islands followed with 18.1% of low-cost travelers up to 9.7 million, 7.3% more.

However, Andalusia was the community that registered the highest increase in the year, 12.3% more low-cost passengers compared to 2018 with more than eight million, 15.1% of the total arriving in Spain.