PASSENGER numbers at Alicante-Elche airport still have a long way to go in order to match pre-pandemic figures.
Figures for September from airport operator Aena show that 909,985 people used the facility, 41.4% less than September 2019.
There were 7.422 flights in and out of the airport, a fall of 26.1% in two years.
The figures were marginally lower than the national average in the Aena network last month that logged 16.31 million passengers, down by 40% on the September 2019 numbers.
So far this year, 76.54 million passengers have used Aena’s airports, down by 41.6% on the first nine months of 2019.
Alicante-Elche airport had the fifth-highest passenger figures last month, with Madrid’s Barajas airport the busiest.
An Aena study suggests that it will take until 2026 for Alicante-Elche to return to the 15 million passenger milestone that it reached two years ago.
It projects ten million passengers next year, a figure that was hit for the first time in 2013.
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