February 2014.- Cruise liner passengers in the Port of Barcelona rose 8% over last year’s figures, with 2.6 million people being registered. Catalonia also headed the list of Spain’s most visited areas in 2013, with 15 million tourists. Both figures undoubtedly influenced the rise in international activity at Barcelona Airport.
Airport passenger traffic
Barcelona Airport closed 2013 with a record number of passengers, 35.2 million. The increase over 2012 is slight (0.2%), but noteworthy given that the overall figures for Spain fell 3.5% Those airports in tourist areas (islands and Mediterranean coastal areas) saw increased traffic or at least stayed stable. The drop in passengers in a general Spanish context since 2011 is mainly concentrated in Barajas, which lost 5.5 million passengers in 2013 and 4.5 milion in 2012. In fact, over the last two years, Barcelona Airport has stayed stable, with a slight increase in passenger numbers, while Barajas has lost about 10 million passengers.
Annual traffic variations
Over the last ten years Spanish airports have increased passenger levels by 21.3 million, almost half of them -10.7 million between 2013 and 2004 – in Barcelona Airport. Barajas Airport in Madrid closed 2013 with a rise of 1 million passengers over 2004.
Catalan cargo transport evolution
As regards cargo transport, Barcelona Airport closed 2013 with an increase of 3.9% over 2012. Barajas handles a 54% of the total cargo transport in Spanish airports, which as a whole saw a 2% drop in activity (a 4.2% drop in Barajas). Over the last ten years Barcelona Airport has undergone an 18% growth in its cargo handling activity.