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.
A total of 490,153 passengers (Arrivals & Departures) passed through Fuerteventura airport in April 2019.
That is a 3.4% decrease compared to April 2018.
In the period Jan - Apr 2019, a total of 1,872,275 passengers (Arrivals & Departures) passed through the airport, which is a 7.2% decrease compared to the same period in 2018.
All the other Canary Island airports have shown an increase.
A total of 412,778 passengers(Arrivals & Departures) passed through Fuerteventura airport in May 2019.
That is a 11.2% decrease compared to May 2018. The number of flights is down 10%.
In the period Jan - May 2019, a total of 2,285,053 passengers (Arrivals & Departures) passed through the airport, which is a 7.9% decrease compared to the same period in 2018.
Here ( Belgium ) , Ryanair has already dropped their flights from 2/week into 1/week . Strange , since all their flights were Always ( too ) full .
It was published here that people again massively choose for Tunesia , Egypt , Turkey , Greece . But also Gran Canaria and Tenerife seem to be popular ( way cheaper and more frequent flights from here in Belgium , Holland and Germany ) .
When I here say we are Always going to Fuerteventura , people look at me and ask " where the .... is that " 😊
The May statistics confirm the decline of international visitors to the island, with the arrival of 137,053 passengers (18 percent less than in the same month of 2018.) The German market, which brings the most visitors to Fuerteventura , suffered especially, with a 25% drop (47,328 arrived). The British market, the second in importance on the Island, which resists, brought in 52,229 passengers, which is 8% less than May 2018. The number of French visitors dropped by more than 33%.
Between January and May 2019 there has been a drop of 12.29% of tourists from other countries (a total of 114,196 people). Germany has registered a 20% decrease and Italy 23% in these months, with the United Kingdom tourists, decreasing by 2.26%.
The good news, for the main economic sector of the island, is that passengers from the Peninsula and the Canary Islands increased in May by 9.63%. Inter-island tourism grew 2.07% while tourism from the peninsular increased dramatically, by 23.53%, standing at 26,668 travellers.
By provinces, Madrid provided the most passengers, with 12,783; followed by Barcelona (6.415), Seville (2.867), Bilbao (1.736), Malaga (1.291), Santiago de Compostela (1.228) and Valencia (348).
So, there has been an increase in arrivals from the Peninsula of almost 20% between January and May, compared to the same period in 2018 (119,860). The number of passengers, from the other islands, also increased by 4% (182,746).
The manager of the Tourist Board, Moisés Jorge, has identified several reasons for the drop in tourist numbers: -The loss of flights due to the bankruptcies of several companies; the reduction of frequencies in some of them due to the flight ban of Boeing 737 Max aircraft throughout Europe; good weather in Central Europe, which do not encourage sales; and the presence in the international market of our Mediterranean competitors which are much cheaper than us. These have caused this drop in international arrivals, mainly from Germany and the United Kingdom.