The ‘low cost’ airlines transport almost 46 million passengers until November, 6.8% more

The United Kingdom leads the arrivals despite registering a fall of 4.1%, eighth consecutive month of decreases

The ‘low cost’ airlines transported more than 45.9 million passengers in the first eleven months of the year, 6.8% more than in the same period of 2017, compared to 39.4 million passengers (+0 , 8%) accounted for by traditional airlines, according to data prepared by Turespaña, under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism.

In this way, low-cost companies monopolized from January to November more than half of the total air traffic (53.8%), compared to the traditional airlines that commanded 46.2% of air travelers. From January to November, more than 85.3 million passengers arrived by air, 3.9% more. 79.3% of total air flow came from the European Union, which experienced an increase of 2.9%.

Among the low cost carriers (CBC), Ryanair, easyJet and Vueling continue to lead the ranking in November, concentrating among the three 67.5% of the volume of passengers generated in ‘low cost’. The three airlines account for 34.9% of the total international air flow received in Spain.

In November, low-cost airlines transported 2.8 million passengers, 10.3% more than in the same month of 2017. For their part, traditional companies registered 2.66 million passengers, a 5.6 % more, for a total volume of 5.5 million travelers (+ 8%).


From January to November, the growth of arrivals in this way from Germany, France and Italy stands out, while the United Kingdom, the main issuer of tourists, fell again for the eighth consecutive month, with a cumulative drop of 4.1%, which reverberated especially in the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands.

Air arrivals from the United Kingdom account for 20.7% of the total and grew by 4.4% in November, second month in positive after six months of falls, which affected most of the autonomous communities with marked increases in the Community Valencian, Andalusia and Catalonia.

However, the United Kingdom, with 15 million passengers, continued to lead low-cost arrivals to Spain. In November, British airports were the starting point for 28.9% of travelers arriving in Spain in some CBC, with an increase of 6.9%.

It was followed by Germany, with 14% of arrivals, up to 6.4 million passengers (+ 26.9%) and Italy, with 5.3 million passengers arriving on ‘low cost’ airlines, an 8% increase.

In November, the Italian market climbed to the second position with 13.7% of arrivals at low cost, experiencing a growth of 13.9% that especially benefited Catalonia, while the entries by this route from the German market increased 13%, which favored all the communities, except the Canary Islands, and the favored ones were the Balearic Islands, the Community of Madrid, Catalonia and the Valencian Community.

France, on the other hand, is ranked as the fourth issuing market, with 8.6% of the total number of passengers in ‘low cost’, which increased by 12.9% until November. In November, the increase was 8% and benefited the majority of communities, highlighting the Community of Madrid and Andalusia.

Among the other emitting countries, the increase in arrivals from the United States and Portugal again stood out, with increases of 17.6% and 9.2%, respectively, in November.


By airports, the Barcelona-El Prat airport accounted for 24.3% of the total low-cost travelers to Spain, with a growth of 7.9%, reaching 11.1 million passengers in the year-end January to November.

It was followed by the Palma de Mallorca airport with 13% flow when transporting 5.9 million passengers, which represents an increase of 20.5% compared to the same period in 2017.

Malaga-Costa del Sol airport was the third by number of passengers at low cost with 5.16 million passengers (+ 0.3%), followed by Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport with 5.10 million passengers, which represents an increase of 7.3% compared to the same period in 2017.

These four airports were followed by Alicante airport with 4.7 million passengers (+ 0.5%), while Tenerife Sur registered a fall of 3%, up to 2.2 million passengers, and Valencia registered an increase of 15%. , 5% (1.8 million).


By communities, Catalonia accounted for 26.8% of the total low-cost passengers (CBC) arrived in Spain between January and November: 12 million passengers in the first eleven months, 7.4% more. Baleares followed with 17.3% of travelers at low cost, up to 7.9 million, 14.2% more, the biggest increase.

Andalusia was the third region most favored by the arrival of travelers, after a 6.2% increase in low-cost airline tickets in the first eleven months of the year with 6.7 million passengers. It was followed by the Valencian Community with 6.5 million travelers arrived