THE NUMBER of passengers using Costa del Sol Airport and the AVE high speed train service during the first six months of 2017 has broken all records.
By the end of June a total of 8,394,937 voyagers had flown in or out of Malaga province, beating 2016 figures by over a million, or 13.7 per cent.
There were 62,468 flights, a 12.5 per cent increase, while 49,243 of these and 7,252,943 passengers were of non-domestic origin, a growth of 15 per cent.
Domestic travellers numbered 1,118,537, an increase of 5.5 per cent.
Although peak season for tourism began on July 1, the number of flights increased by 12 per cent in June, indicating an early start to the summer frenzy.
Saturday June 24 was the busiest day, when 73,038 visitors arrived, and the airport looks set to beat last year’s record-breaking totals of 16.67 million fliers and 123,700 takeoffs and landings.
Airport bosses say that the new Terminal 3 building can in theory handle 30 million people per year, with big ambitions for the future.
The AVE train service has also continued its upward trend, with a 3.1 per cent increase in passengers from January to June.
A total of 1,189,000 travellers hit the rails, 36,000 more than during the same period in 2016, with 71 per cent heading to or from Spanish capital Madrid.
Spanish rail network manager Renfe this week announced that it is to offer 970,000 AVE seats on its Malaga line between the end of June and beginning of October.
The number of services between Malaga and Catalan tourist stronghold Barcelona will be increased to three per day during this period.