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Alicante-Elche airport passenger figures surge


Alicante-Elche airport surpasses the pre-pandemic record with the best January and February of its more than 55 years since opening

Another record has been set by the Alicante-Elche airport. This is the second record-breaking month of the year, and the airport is on track to surpass the records set in 2019, which was its best year in history. However, it is still too early to confirm this with certainty.

Despite this, the data is encouraging, as the Alicante terminal closed in February with a total of 790,766 passengers, which is 1% higher than the pre-pandemic year. This figure marks the highest number of passengers in the history of the airport for the second month of the year, according to the data presented by the airport operator, Aena.

If compared to 2022, the recovery is more than evident, as traffic has increased by 35.5%. Additionally, 99% of international flights have also recovered compared to 2019, while domestic passengers increased by 12.8% compared to the same year.

UK travellers lead the surge

The United Kingdom remains the largest source of travellers, with 267,268 passengers passing through the Alicante terminal in February. The Netherlands takes second place on the podium, with 70,452 passengers, followed by Belgium with 56,517.

The only thing that couldn’t be matched or surpassed this February from four years ago was the number of flights. With 5,261 operations, the Miguel Hernández airport has recovered 93.2% of pre-pandemic air traffic, although it does exceed the numbers from 2022 by 21%.

With the best January and February of its more than 55 years in operation, El Altet has grown by 1.2% compared to 2019, the year in which the passenger record was broken with almost 16 million, and 50 % compared to 2022.

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