Passenger numbers at Malaga Airport shoot up almost 10 per cent in February

Malaga Airport handled over one million passengers last month when there were over 8,000 plane arrivals and departures.

Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport recorded 1,052,194 passengers arriving or departing in February, which was a rise of 9.2 per cent on the same month the previous year. The increase was spread across passengers arriving from other parts of Spain and from international airports.

According to data from Aena, the airport-operating company, and released on Tuesday, the number of planes entering or leaving also went up, by 6.1 per cent to a total of 8,140.

Of the million-plus passenger movements, 13.2 per cent were travelling to or from other parts of Spain.

The United Kingdom was, as usual, top of the list of international countries passengers were arriving from or travelling to. In total, there were 6.3 per cent more people from Britain, or 273,997 passengers in total.

German passengers were the next biggest group at 94,089.

The busiest day of the month was Saturday 23 February, coinciding with half term in the UK, with 48,524 passengers.

Taking into account both January and February, so far this year, just over two million passengers have used Malaga’s airport, an increase of 8.8 per cent.

Malaga Airport is the third busiest on the Spanish mainland, after Madrid and Barcelona, and the main gateway into Andalucía as well as the Costa del Sol.

After Malaga, Seville is the second busiest airport in Andalucía, but with half the passenger numbers.