After another busy summer period, which saw some 7.2 million passengers in transit through between May and September (up 3.1%), Malaga Airport has now officially entered its winter ‘low’ season.
However, figures recently released by Aena – the Spanish airports authority – show that this winter season there will be 11.5% more seats on offer for UK bound flights, and a massive 80% more capacity on flights to Germany.
And as passenger numbers from other European countries turned ever upward during the summer months, airlines have been tempted to retain the more successful European connections during the winter, causing the airport to witness a marked narrowing of the gap between traditional summer and winter flight activity.
Compared with the same period last year, the overall effect is a 20% increase in the total number of seats available between now and March 2014, and that’s very good news for Club La Costa World members and their guests looking for some winter sunshine at our superb Costa del Sol resorts.
Helping passenger choice still further, brand new routes have been established between Malaga and Germany via the cities of Dortmund, Cologne, Nuremberg, Hannover, Münster and Hamburg, while other new European routes will bring Prague, Bucharest, Rome, Moscow, Geneva, Brussels and Liège within the scope of travellers heading for the Costa del Sol.
There is also a wider choice to and from the UK, including a Norwegian Air option to Gatwick and new schedules to Bournemouth, Edinburgh and Cardiff, as well as three new domestic connections within Spain.
From January to September 2013, the UK was the start point or destination for over 36% of all passengers using Malaga Airport and, with that 11.5% increase in seats during the winter, Malaga, capital of the Costa del Sol, now ranks in the top three European cities offering direct flights to the UK.