ENAIRE managed almost 127,000 flights in February, a 6% increase
Almost 7,200 more flights than in February of last year
ENAIRE, the air navigation manager in Spain, managed 126,806 flights in February, that is, 7,187 flights more than in the same month of the previous year and a 6% rise with respect to the same period of 2017.
This percentage is higher than the European average in February (4.2%). Including the last month, it is now 53 consecutive months of air traffic growth in Spain.
Domestic flights have grown the most (10%) with a total of 29,194 in February. International flights amounted to 69,343, a 3.9% increase. Overflights (flights whose origin and destination are not Spanish airports) added to 28,269, a 7.4% rise.
Traffic increased in all of ENAIRE's air traffic control centres: Canary Islands (7.1% and 27,535 flights), Seville (6.6% and 25,421), Madrid (5.8% and 76,601), Barcelona (4.9% and 49,402) and Palma (1.5% and 9,725).
Cumulative data for 2018
The flights managed by ENAIRE across Spain amounted to 261,005 in January and February, a 6.2% increase. Out of this total,142,017 were international flights (+3.4%); 59,971 national flights (+10.8%); and 59,017 overflights (+8.9%).
The cumulative data for all control centres have risen in all managed flights: Seville (7.6% and 52,537 flights), Canary Islands (6.2% and 57,315), Madrid (6.1% and 158,284), Barcelona (5.7% and 101,714) and Palma (1.6% and 19,406).
ENAIRE's contribution to air transportation's competitiveness
ENAIRE's reduction of the route charge by 12% for 2019, announced by the Minister of Public Works -Iñigo de la Serna-, will contribute to improving air transportation's competitiveness, as it will allow airlines to save 130 million euros next year. With this reduction, in addition to the 3% decrease for 2018, ENAIRE will have one of the lowest route charges out of all the main European air navigation service providers.
ENAIRE is the public company that reports to the Ministry of Public Works, which manages (through its 5 control centres, 22 towers and a network of aeronautical infrastructure and equipment) the fourth largest airspace in Europe in terms of traffic volume. The air traffic managed by ENAIRE transports more than 250 million passengers on 2 million flights per year.