Low cost flights down slightly in the Canaries

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The Canary Islands have received a total of 2.5 million passengers using ‘low cost’ flights from January until the end of July 2013 which is down just 0.5% when compared to the same period in 2012, according to data released today by the Institute of Tourism Studies (IET) under the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. Nationally, the low cost airlines accounted for more than half of the air traffic between January and July 2013 with a 54.3% share, compared to the traditional air travel airlines.

By origin, the UK and German markets lead the traveling via low cost airlines, with 33.1% and 18.8% respectively, of passengers who chose this method of transport. The British market increased by 4.2% , with over 6.5 million passengers, and Germany rose by 9.2% with a total of 3.7 million passengers.
Italy was the third country in the ‘low cost’ table league whose numbers dropped by 15.2% to 1.8 million passengers. Italy was followed by France, with 1.3 million passengers (2.3% more than last year). The largest percentage increase was by Denmark, with 40.6% more passengers so far this year traveling via ‘low cost’ airlines with a total of 401,278 passengers. Norway also saw a large increase with 37.4% more travelers (518,489 passengers).

So far this year, the Spanish airports which have seen the most ‘low cost’ passengers were Barcelona (El Prat), with more than four million passengers (an increase of 5.2%), Palma de Mallorca with 3.4 million passengers (an increase of 8.4%), Malaga with 2.3 million passengers (up 9.7%) and Alicante, which received more than two million travelers (12% more). On the other hand, in the first seven months of the year the Madrid-Barajas Airport experienced a drop of 18.8% (1.6 million passengers).