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Valencia airport now operating over 95% of pre-pandemic flights
30 July 2021 @ 20:57

OVER 95% of airline routes from the terminal in Valencia are now back on track and 65% of seats on planes have been filled so far this year, despite travel restrictions still being in place.

Between January and mid-July inclusive, a total of 383,427 passengers flew into and out of the airport in Manises (pictured above), and nearly seven in 10 hotel rooms in the wider Valencia metropolitan area were occupied.

Antonio Bernabé of the Visit Valencia Foundation says data so far in 2021 paint an optimistic picture for the region's tourism industry, and he is confident of a near-full recovery thanks to the vaccine roll-out and the new 'EU digital Covid certificate' scheme.

Speaking at a holiday sector conference, Bernabé said the Municipal Tourism Commission had set up a new web page where Visit Valencia would publish full figures relating to the industry, such as visitor numbers from abroad and from other parts of Spain, hotel occupancy and airline passengers.

It would also include a tool for searching for holiday apartments for rent which are registered with the tourist board, meaning they are above board and meet specific quality criteria.

Bernabé also mentioned plans to spend up to 10% of the Foundation's annual budget on alleviating problems for year-round residents caused by the city's tourism industry, such as noise control, emissions and use of space – parking and bar terraces being examples of these.



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