MALAGA airport is set for its busiest summer yet, with almost 90,000 flights scheduled to bring 15.5 million tourists to the Costa del Sol.
Airlines are expecting high demand for seats, with around 500 daily flights. Last year saw 16.6 million passengers pass through the airport, and taking into account figures for January and February 2017, which surpass 1.7 million, airport director Salvador Merino is expecting that numbers could reach 18 million by October.
However, Merino is still keen to air on the side of caution, stating that we cannot truly know how many people will arrive at this point because “many factors could influence the demand.”
He acknowledged that the trends seen so far this year are encouraging and as the high season begins this weekend, there should be boosts to both tourism and the local economy.
This summer it will be possible to fly to a total of 126 destinations from Malaga, but the main target remains the United Kingdom, with 62 routes. It would seem that Brexit has not dampened the British desire to head abroad, since carriers have upped connections to Malaga by 9 per cent.
The increase in numbers can be seen across Europe, with flights from destinations such as Germany and Italy expected to rise by over 20 per cent. Merino considers the ongoing growth as a vote of confidence for the Costa del Sol, and it is clear that Malaga remains a desirable destination.