Spanish passenger traffic up in 2003

SPAIN. The passenger total of Spanish airports operated by AENA, the country’s airport and air traffic control authority, rose by +7.4% to around 153.7 million last year.

The number of take-offs and landings increased by +3.7% to nearly 2 million compared with 2002.

Madrid’s Barajas airport recorded a +5.2% increase in its passenger total to 35.7 million in 2003, while Barcelona International airport transported 22.8 million passengers, +6.6% more than in 2002.

The international airport of Girona saw its passenger figure soar by +160% to nearly 1.5 million as a result of the decision by Irish low-cost airline Ryanair to operate flights to and from the airport.

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