The bumper year for Alicante-Elche is continuing to be set to be a record-breaker, with June’s figures revealing that over one million passengers travelled to and from the facilities at El Altet. It means that the airport has recorded four straight months of record figures, with just over one million passengers recorded for June, which is three per cent more than the same month last year, according to data supplied by airport owner, AENA. Over 40 per cent of the passengers were to and from the United Kingdom.
The record figures mean there’s no surprise in the news that the tills are working overtime in the airport’s shops with a projection of a 10 percent hike in business compared to last year. José Manuel Fernández Boch, AENA’s commercial director at Alicante-Elche said that the average spend per passenger using the terminal was 10 euros, with the biggest spend being by Scandinavian customers at close to 48 euros per head. He added that he expected a final total of 10 and a half million people to have used the airport by the end of 2015.
Meanwhile, the news was not so good for San Javier airport, due to the uncertainty in part over the long-standing move to Corvera, and more carriers opting to use Alicante-Elche. The facility saw just over 454 thousand passengers passing through the gates over the first half of 2015, some two percent less than the same period last year, which in turn was a fall on the figures for 2013. There was some comfort though that June’s figures showed a rise of over two and a half percent on the same month last year, with 90 percent of last month’s 144 thousand passengers coming from Britain and Ireland.