Alicante-Elche airport’s figures reached a record-breaking best last month, whilst Costa Blanca’s hotels are expected to be 90 percent full this August in figures not seen since 2008 when the recession started to kick in.
July’s passenger figures for the airport at El Altet were the best ever monthly returns since the facility opened in the mid-sixties, with one and a quarter million passengers passing through its doors, a four percent increase on the same month last year. Domestic flight travellers went up by just over six percent, with a three point six percent rise in international passengers. Over half a million travellers were to and from the United Kingdom, way ahead of the next foreign group which was 100 thousand Norwegians, and 77 thousand Germans. Over three thousand flights operated to and from Britain, followed by thirteen hundred domestic flights within Spain. Almost six million people have used Alicante-Elche airport in 2015, a three point six percent rise on the figures for 2014, which in themselves were record breaking.
Hotel occupancy figures for the Costa Blanca based on the first two weeks of the month coupled with future bookings are projecting a three percent rise on July, which in turn saw a two percent rise on last year’s returns. 2015’s figures overall are so far showing a five percent hike on what was produced over the same period last year. Increased bookings are being accounted for by more domestic tourists and a boost in visitors from Scandinavia. Another consequence of the busier hotels is that more people are being employed within the sector in the Costa Blanca region, with local hotel federation HOSBEC saying that almost three and a half thousand new jobs have been created locally in the first six months of 2015.