THE number of passengers going through Almeria airport last year failed to reach one million, and was slightly down on 2018.
Figures from the AENA public company which manages Spain’s airports show El Alquian passenger numbers dipped 1.3 per cent in 2019 to 978,997. This compares with 991,992 the previous year.
The total number of operations at the provincial airport between the beginning of January and the end of December was 11,777, a decrease of 1.4 per cent. The collapse of British tour operation Thomas Cook in September was one of the factors behind the drop, although this was offset to a degree by growth in domestic flight traveller numbers in the summer months.
The highest number of passengers ever recorded at Almeria airport over 12 months was 1.2 million in 2007.