2019 has been, without a doubt, a very remarkable year for Malaga Costa del Sol airport, one of reasons was the century celebration of the airport, one of the most important public infrastructures, which has become the engine of economic development of the city.
2019 has record breaking the traffic passengers figures, in total the data were 19,856,299 passengers who took off or landed in the malaguenian airport, it is a 4,4% more than 2018. But also 2019 has been the year to exceed the 400 million of passengers attended since the airport born 100 years ago.
By destinations, United Kingdom keep its position as a leader, there were almost 6.000.000 of flights between UK and Malaga, that is mean a 2,2% more than 2018. The second position is for domestic flights, the local market continues growing up with a 7,5% more than last year. Germany got the third position with almost 1,600,000 passengers, followed by France (1,207,230), Holland with 1,124,480 and then Ireland with almost 900.000 passengers.
Part of this grow during 2019 is due to the dedication to Malaga by markets such as Middle East who during summer 2019 started the route between Malaga and Riyadh, also Qatar is operating the route Malaga-Doha-Malaga since 2018. The Scandinavian market is also increasing its traffic, Norwegian increased its places by 11,6%.
For 2020 growth in Middle East market is expected, as a novelty there will be during summer a direct flight between Malaga and Abu Dhabi thanks to Etihad Airways. Robin Kamark, airline Sales Manager said: “We wanted to operate this route since a longtime ago, Costa del Sol is a very popular region in our country, we will be the only ones to operate this route”.
In short, it can be said that Malaga Costa del Sol Airport connect with more than a hundred destinations around the world. This is a key factor for foreign investors and entrepreneurs because they have easy connection between Malaga and the rest of Spain and also, with their original countries. Apart from that, the airport helps to our tourism development and, of course, to create employment.