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Ryanair beats Iberia, Air Europa and easyJet for passenger numbers in 2019
07 August 2019 @ 01:26

FIGURES released by airport governing body AENA show that the most-used carrier this year across all of Spain's terminals was Ryanair – by a considerable margin.

Between January and June 2019 inclusive, just under 23,571,000 passengers travelled to and from Spain on the Irish-based low-cost airline.

The second-most used flight company was Catalunya-based budget carrier Vueling, part of the IAG Group which owns Iberia and British Airways, with 19.6 million customers travelling to and from Spain.

Both these low-cost options were streets ahead of national airline Iberia – despite providing long-haul, short-haul and national flights, its traffic only accounted for just under 9.9 million passengers in the first six months of 2019.

Spanish carrier Air Europa, with 9.1 million, beat Ryanair's main rival, easyJet, which transported 8.32 million travellers.

Iberia would still have been only the third-busiest airline in Spain in the first half of this year even when taking into account passenger figures for its short-haul cheap holding Iberia Express – with 4.8 million, and regional branch Air Nostrum, with 4.28 million.

Norwegian beat Air Nostrum but was behind Iberia Express, carrying 4.55 million passengers.

Making up the remainder of the top 10 were Binter, with 3.57 million and Jet2, with 3.3 million.

20x20 centimetre bag on board, unless they pay €6 each way for priority boarding to include a 50x40x20 centimetre case, or €8 each way to check in a small case of this size.



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