The Balearic Islands has six consecutive tourist seasons of record. Both in arrivals and occupancy, profitability and spending of visitors. And the three airports of the Islands, how could it be otherwise, have joined the party spraying all their records. Only the one of Palma accumulates in these moments 44 uninterrupted months of increases in the number of passengers. And if we stick to the figures handled by both Aena and Enaire, the airport and airspace managers in Spain, this year all brands will be surpassed again.
Despite the recovery of competing destinations and the fear of new episodes of tourist saturation, the airlines have not wanted to run out of space in the Islands and have already sent their requests for slots (flight rights) to the airport authorities. In the case of the Balearic Islands, the increase in operations will be substantial in 2018, as reported by this newspaper a month ago. The companies do not fear the recovery of competing destinations and keep intact their bet for the archipelago for this summer.
According to data released yesterday by Aena, the companies have scheduled more than 46.2 million seats for next summer at the three airports in the Balearic Islands, a figure that represents an increase of 17.1% compared to last summer season and that makes it clear that the fears of the tourism sector expressed last week at the ITB in Berlin about the future of next season could finally be nothing.
Among the three airports, the companies plan to operate close to 268,000 commercial aircraft movements, up 15.8%, Aena said in a statement yesterday. And regarding the number of routes (those with more than 30 exit movements), the airlines have programmed 622 for this summer season in the Balearic aerodromes, 45 more than in the same period of 2017.
From March 25 to October 27, Palma airport will grow the most, with an increase of 21.5% in the number of seats scheduled compared to the previous season, with 33.3 million, although this figure It will vary in negative due to the adjustments made by the airlines after the bankruptcy of Niki, Aena said. As usual, Germany will be the first country in number of seats programmed with Son Sant Joan, with more than 12.9 million seats, representing an increase of 38.9%.
After the first tourist market in the Balearic Islands, the number of scheduled places in the United Kingdom followed, with almost 6 million seats offered and 2.5% more, and Spain, in third place, which added more than 5.9 million seats , with an increase of 12.8%. As for the movements of aircraft, about 188,500 have been scheduled between takeoffs and landings, 20.2% more in Palma. All this to operate 386 different routes in total, 38 more than a year ago.