The start of summer quadrupled passengers through Canaries airports
The Canary Islands airports recovered movement in July but are still light years away from the volumes from before the outbreak of the pandemic.
The eight aerodromes on the Islands served 1,324,807 passengers, 65.3% less than in July of last year but 304.59% more than in June. In other words, the Canary Islands multiplied by four the movement of travellers from one month to thenext, which shows a gradual revival of air traffic after the practical paralysis since coronavirus entered the scene.
The progressive reestablishment of airport activity comes from national traffic, as of the total passengers registered in July, 1,316,210 correspond to commercial operations. Of these, 915,228, 47.9% less than twelve months ago, had some part of the country as a starting or finishing point.
The collapse of international traffic is higher, since the airports only handled 400,982 passengers in this segment, 80.3% less than a year earlier, according to data provided yesterday by Aena.
Gran Canaria's airport, despite experiencing a 64.3% decrease in passengers, is at the top of the Canarian aerodromes and in seventh place in the national ranking for volume of traffic.
In total, it served 381,636 passengers, 687,305 less than in the same month last year.
It is followed by Tenerife North, with 291,623 passengers, 46.1% less, and Lanzarote with 194,355 passengers, 70.1% less than a year earlier.
The airport facilities in Tenerife South, Fuerteventura, La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera close the ranking with 180,387; 179,386; 70,020; 21,318 and 6,082 travelers and annual falls of 79.8%, the biggest crash recorded by a Canarian airport, 64.5%, 46.4%, 20.4% and 35%, respectively.
The publication of the data comes after the British government decided in late July to impose a two-week quarantine on travellers from Spain. This measure has been a serious setback for the tourism sector, especially since the UK is the main source market for tourists in the Archipelago, and for air connectivity.
Shortly after this restriction was announced, Jet2 and TUI opted to cancel their operations with the Islands, which reduced weekly air seats by 22,000.