Malaga airport will move over 526,000 passengers during Easter

Easter processions Malaga

Over 526,000 passengers pass through Malaga airport during this Easter Week, specifically from this Friday, March 30 through Monday, April 9 in 3.244 scheduled flights.

Although a good number of flights are of domestic origin, most tourists more often come from Nordic countries taking advantage these days of Easter to recharge the batteries and anticipate the sun and warm temperatures.

But not only sun and sea are the claims of the Costa del Sol during these days. Malaga has a long tradition with the popular Easter processions, attracting every year a large number of visitors to the city.

Malaga, the second Spanish destination where the Russian tourism has most grown this year

Turespaña assure that the Russian operators estimate that 72% of the travellers choose Malaga

The Costa del Sol gains ground in the awakening of Russian tourism towards Spain. In the touristic launching of this market, after the speeding up of the visa proceedings, Malaga province has become the second Spanish destination in which the arrival of travellers from Russia has most grown. According to the figures provided by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade,  the Russian market’s touristic season has closed this year with a 72% increase in arrivals at the Costa del Sol, even surpassing the evolution experienced by the Costa Brava, that is usually the priority destination of these travellers. Only Mallorca, with a 79% rise, surpasses the results obtained in the province based on the figures provided by the main Slavic operators to the central government.

Aeroflot Plane at Malaga airport

Rising prices
These tour groups also pointed out that the average price of the packages commercialised towards Spain have increased by 6%, although this has not affected the bookings.

The Ministry in charge of the Tourism stated that during the first nine months of the year, the issuance of visas increased by 58.5% compared to the same period. Only in the month of September, the Spanish Consulate in Moscow issued 68.500 permits, which meant an increase of almost 48 points.

Turespaña highlighted that this rise of Russian travellers has also meant an increase of air connections. In this sense, they pointed out that this year 25 Russian cities operated direct flights to Spain. Malaga even maintains, during the winter season, a direct route to and from Moscow with the airline company Aeroflot.

The foresights of the General Secretary of Tourism and Trade, managed by Joan Mesquida, indicate that during 2011 Spain will double the number of Russian tourists in comparison to 2009. An upturn that will mean reaching a figure of almost a million tourists. In fact, these figures confirm that it’s a market that has just taken off and that it will maintain the upward trend for the next couple of years, period in which the amount of arriving travellers will double once again. These expectations justify that the Russian market, together with the Arab countries, will become priority objectives in the promotion plan for 2012.

Just this week the government began a campaign to promote Andalusia’s main attractions in Russia and Poland and revealed that these markets have registered high increases of both, travellers and overnight stays, in the present year, with the overnight stays in Andalusian accomodations increasing by 36% in the case of the Russian tourists and by 58% in the case of the Poles.

The Tourist board explained that between the months of January and October, 69.475 travellers from Russia that stayed in Andalusian hotels, 28.8% more than during the same period last year, made 266.430 overnight stays with an average period of 3.83 days.

To this they add that over the first ten months of the year, the hotels of the region received 91.941 tourists from Poland, 41.9% more than last year, who made 318.271 stays in Andalusian hotels with an average period of 3.46 days.

Malaga – Costa del Sol wants to attract British tourists in winter

Malaga wants to attract more British tourists in the winter season, as has been stated by the Costa del Sol Tourist Board at the World Travel Market in London.

Traditionally, sun, beach and golf have been the key demands of the Costa del Sol, but recently are also increasing cultural and urban tourism, and inland routes. Malaga seeks to create a perfect product on the Costa del Sol to offer 12 months a year.

Currently, seventeen cities in the UK offer flights to Malaga, being London, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds the cities with mayor passenger numbers. In addition, 92.7% usually travel to the Costa del Sol with cheap airlines.

Some of the low cost airlines with connection from the UK to Malaga Airport are  EasyJet, Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Monarch, Flybe and

However, British Airways, one of the strongest airlines in the UK, currently does not consider offering flights connecting Malaga with Heathrow airport, which ceased operations last March. Thus, Malaga tourism sector will have to survive the winter without a direct route to Heathrow, the largest hub in Europe for international flights.

This route is key to the activity of all tourist segments, but especially important for incentives, congresses or meetings, which thanks to the connection with London airport provided access to the Costa del Sol from anywhere in the world.

For British passengers who travel to Malaga is also more convenient the Heathrow terminal as it is situated closer to the British capital and has better communications.

Malaga – the most sought after destination by the British for Easter

Malaga is the most popular destination for British travelers for Easter, followed by Tenerife and Alicante, according to a survey of Skyscanner, indicating that Spain remains the most popular place this holiday for these tourists.

Thus, it indicates that the Spanish cities, especially those found near the sea, “have always been highly valued by British tourists.”

In fact the capital of the Costa del Sol already occupied the first position, Alicante is up three positions and Tenerife has advanced 21 positions, probably due to the protests in the Arab countries, some of which are usually popular sun destinations.

Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca also occupy prominent places in eighth and tenth place respectively.

This survey is based on flight searches for international departures from United Kingdom to travel during the Easter period.

Travel trends of Spanish and British tourists in January 2011

Spanish tourists continued to choose London as the main destination for their flights during the month of January, while five Spanish cities are among the top ten in terms of searches of British tourists, occupying Malaga, Tenerife and Alicante the top three positions respectively.

London is preferred by the Spanish tourists according a database analysis of Skyscanner. Spanish destinations such as Barcelona (fourth), Madrid (fifth) and Tenerife (ninth) also are among the preferences of the Spaniards, who like traveling to nearby European cities.

The capitals of the countries closest to Spain are, along with the Spanish cities and London destinations that occupy the best positions in the list. Thus Paris ranks second, Amsterdam fifth, Rome and Berlin followed in sixth and seventh respectively. Prague, Dublin, Lisbon and Brussels occupy positions 12, 13, 14 and 15 respectively. Only New York City (8) goes as long-haul destination in the list of European cities developed by Skyscanner.

On the other hand, this month is worth noting that three Spanish cities are leading the list of popular holiday destinations for Brits, being situated in first place Malaga, Tenerife second and Alicante third. Sun and beach seem to be the most attracting factors of our country to tourists from the United Kingdom, since Palma (6) and Lanzarote (10) are also among the 10 target cities.

The responsible of Skyscanner for the Spanish market said: “Preferences of Brits and Spaniards are markedly different when searching flights. While Spanish tourists are opting for big cities with entertainment and culture, British tourists chose cities near the magnificent Spanish beaches, where the good weather is almost guaranteed.”