Airport Passenger Numbers 2019
According to AENA (who run the airport) statistics, 71,837 less foreign tourists arrived at Fuerteventura airport, between January and March 2019, which is 12.44% less than the same period as last year.
German tourism shows the greatest decrease, with a drop of 43,379 passengers and a negative percentage of 21.10%. There is also a decrease of more than half of Norwegians with -61.74% (2,889 less) or 32% less Danes (7,544 less).
Austrian tourism is the only one that leaves a significant positive balance, doubling the number of visitors compared to the same period last year, with 8,842 tourists in this first quarter.
In this first quarter there have been no Icelandic and Portuguese tourists, but the number of Lithuanians arriving in Fuerteventura (1,030 in this first quarter) has increased.
The decrease of international tourism, contrasts with an increase in national tourism, which, in this first quarter, rose by 10,459 people, rising from the main Spanish capitals with the exception of Bilbao, which drops by 3.12%. The total of national visitors is 66,364 people from January to March of this year.
Seville is the airport that has the largest increase in passengers to Fuerteventura with 5,249 passengers, with more than double that we received from that destination in the 2018 quarter. Madrid with 34,309 passengers or Barcelona with 18,563 are the cities that bring most visitors.
Flights between islands
As for the number of passengers received from other islands during this first quarter, the AENA statistics tell us that 102,510 people arrived in Fuerteventura from other island destinations. This is an increase of 2.31% in this quarter.
Which appears to confirm Jill's point earlier.
Some time ago I read an article in a national newspaper that stated that each island was looking to appeal to certain separate sectors of tourism. Fuerteventura was trying to position itself to cater for higher end of the general tourism market (4* hotels being a minimum standard). This meant they were particularly appealing to Scandinavian and German tourists whom historically had strong economies and a higher expectation of accommodation quality and service. It is generally accepted that "volume" UK tourist will often prioritise cost/price over everything (including health and safety). So the slowing of the German economy is bound to have a knock on effect on the island.