AIR traffic controllers handled more than 1.23 million flights in Spanish airspace over the first seven months of the year, a four per cent rise on the same period of 2018, according to figures released by the ENAIRE air navigation manager in this country.
In July, Spanish control centres managed more than 220,000 flights, two per cent up on the same month last year.
ENAIRE reported that on two occasions last month air traffic exceeded the highest number for July 2018: July 13 (7,398 flights) and July 20 (7,425).
There was a 5.4 per cent increase in national traffic last month, at 41,285 flights, while the number of flights going through Spanish airspace but not taking off from or heading for a national airport was six per cent up at 46,058.
The number of international flights dipped however by 0.3 per cent to 133,376.
Between January and July all of Spain’s air traffic control centres registered increases in the number of flights they managed: Madrid handled 688,578, Barcelona 563,086, Seville 245,447, Canary Islands 207,816 and Palma 186,809.