The Spanish government has announced that it received almost 7 million passengers (6,963,964) from international airports in April, which is 85.6 per cent of those who arrived in the same month of 2019 and multiplied by eight of those who came a year later in 2020.
In a statement issued today, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, stressed that the projected good Easter campaign had boosted the rate of recovery of tourist flows in April, confirming a gradual upward trend that has been maintained since the beginning of the year, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“The islands practically reach pre-pandemic levels thanks to the reactivation of the two main tourist markets for Spain: the United Kingdom and Germany, which ratifies the good performance of the holiday segment to date,” she pointed out in this regard.
According to government data, in April, international air passengers arriving in the Canary Islands reached 1,110,216 people, which is only 0.2 per cent less than arrivals for the same month in 2019, driven mainly by travellers from the United Kingdom and Germany.
In addition, Southern Tenerife and Fuerteventura Airports exceeded pre-pandemic values by 4.1 per cent and 0.1 per cent, respectively.
As for the Balearic Islands, arrivals by air resulted in 1,139,613, representing a recovery rate of 96.8 per cent pre-pandemic, with the German market as the main country of origin.
Such data also show that Catalonia and the Valencian Community are the ones that record the highest growth from year to year, respectively 1006.3 per cent and 962 per cent.
At the same time, data revealed that most passengers came from the European Union with 58.4 per cent and travelled to a low-cost company at about 60.9 per cent
The United Kingdom was ranked as the main emission market with 1,601,009 passengers or about 23 per cent of the total, followed by:
Germany, with 1,121,843 passengers and a share of 16.1 per cent
France, with 597,070 passengers and 8.6 per cent share
Italy, with 596,349 passengers and 8.6 per cent share
On the other hand, markets like the Netherlands and Ireland show a recovery rate approaching 2019 levels. As a result, passengers coming from these countries and arriving in Spain are barely 0.6 and 0.7 per cent below arrivals three years ago, respectively.
Yet, Spain remains one of the EU countries with some of the strictest entry restrictions in place, through the country is slowly removing some of its restrictions. Starting today, Spain has lifted health checks carried out on the land border with France, which have been effective for more than two years due to COVID.
But despite seeing the large influx of tourists, other restrictions on entry through air and sea borders, which were set to remain in force until May 15, have been postponed for another month. So the Spanish Ministry has announced that the restrictions on entry into Spain will be extended until June 15 due to the current situation of COVID-19.
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