Intercontinental traffic increases markedly at Barcelona airport. The inauguration of 11 new destinations in 2017 boosts intercontinental passage by 17.2% in the months from January to September, with more than a half million extra passengers compared to the same period of the previous year. By the end of the year, the Barcelona airport is expected to exceed the 47 million passengers.


The passage grows most due to the increases in the European markets, led by British traffic (+ 5.6%, 3.9M). However, the markets with the greatest increase in passage correspond to Portugal (+ 27%) and Russia, which thanks to the progressive recovery of its economy increases its passage by 23%.


Continues the strong competition in the market. Vueling recovers its growth pattern with more than 900,000 extra passengers from January to September (+6.4%); the increase allows it to grow above its competitors and maintain its market share, questioned in the previous period due to its operational difficulties in summer 2016. Norwegian leads the growth in relative numbers (+36%), thanks to its commitment to Barcelona and the launching of its 4 long-haul routes, consolidating itself as the 4th airline at the airport. LEVEL and TAP also grow markedly (Operated by Iberia +10%; TAP +23%) while Air Europa accentuates its decline at the airport with a 20% drop.


Source: GPA.AERO/MIDT/ November 2017

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