PASSENGER numbers for the last weekend of August have been released and show a slight drop compared to last year’s figures.
Between Friday and Monday, a total of 224,533 used the Alicante-Elche Airport and a decrease of 0.7 per cent (around 2,000 passengers less) and confirmed the slowing down of air traffic for the area. One of the reasons is believed to be due to the recovery of the Mediterranean’s competitors such as Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt, as well as special offers coming out of the Balearic Islands.
The data for the accepted end of the high summer tourist season confirm the downward trend across the tourism sector after a spectacular five years of growth. Alicante-Elche Airport closed 2017 with 13.7 million passengers and a year-on-year increase of 11 per cent…figures that will be almost impossible to achieve in the remaining months of this year.
For July, the airport registered a decrease of 2.1 per cent compared to the same period in 2017, but still managed to reach 1.6 million and kept its spot as Nº5 in Spain in terms of passenger traffic.