‘Low Cost’ Airlines a hit
However, theIslandsexperienced an overall decline of 1.2 per cent, according to data released by the Institute of Tourism (EIT) under the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.
Across the whole of Spain, the airlines carried 16.4 million passengers in the first six months of the year, representing a rise of 0.8 per cent over the same period last year, and traditional companies moved to 12.3 million passengers, 1.6 per cent less.
Thus, the low cost airlines accounted for more than half of air traffic until June, at 57.1 per cent, compared to traditional airlines with 42.9 per cent of travellers.
By market, the UK and Germany lead the users of low cost airlines, with 35 and 19.5 per cent of passengers, respectively, an increase of 0.2 per cent for the British market, (5.7 million passengers) and a decrease of 2.5 per cent for Germany, (3.2 million passengers).
Ryanair, easyJet and AirBerlinremained as the major low cost carriers inSpainwith 33.9 per cent of arrivals.
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