IT would come as no surprise to anyone that has been following the trend over the past 12 months to see that Alicante-Elche Airport has closed the year with the highest passenger numbers in its history.
Figures just released by airport managers AENA showed that the airport handled 13,713,061 travellers.
This represents an increase of 11.1 per cent over the previous year and consolidated Alicante-Elche Airport as fifth in the list of Spanish airports behind Madrid, Barcelona, Palma and Malaga.
International passengers totalled 12,316,400 – up 11.7 per cent – and those of Spanish nationality increased by 5.7 per cent to 1,381,201.
Visitors to and from the UK continued to more than dominate the numbers with 5,853,046 passengers, followed by Holland (927,992), Germany (882,961), Norway (756,228), Belgium (627,355) and Sweden (577,903).
Actual flight numbers were also up on the 2016 level by 9.4 per cent with 95,322 operations of which those connected to the UK accounted for 36,295.
International flights increased by 10.9 per cent and domestic flights grew by 2.7 per cent. During December, Alicante-Elche Airport experienced a 6.6 per cent growth in passengers when compared to the same month in 2016, with 746,534 registered travellers.