Spanish authorities revealed that the country welcomed more than 8.2 million international passengers in June, approaching pre-pandemic volumes.
According to Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, in June 2022, Spain reached 85.5% of the levels recorded in the same month in 2019 and surpassed those recorded in June 2021, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
While the number of international arrivals remained below pre-pandemic volumes, Spain recorded more than three times as many arrivals in June 2022 as last year. Such a large increase has been recorded this year as the country eased some of its COVID restrictions.
Although Spain continued to welcome arrivals from countries around the world, the ministry pointed out that tourists from the United Kingdom accounted for the largest number of arrivals. One in four passengers who reached Spain in June 2022 came from the United Kingdom.
“The Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands are clearly leading the recovery of international travellers, no doubt boosted by the return in 2022 of British tourists, who already represent one in four passengers. Our islands are thus approaching the pre-pandemic figures initially of high season for which we have really encouraging prospects even in the current context of rising prices”, said Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto, commenting on the positive figures.
According to the ministry, the Balearic Islands have recorded the highest number of British tourists. In total, Spanish airports welcomed 2,079,084 passengers from the UK.
Apart from travelers from the UK, Spain also received a high number of German and Italian tourists. Passengers from Germany represent the largest number of arrivals after those from the United Kingdom. A total of 1,322,410 passengers from Germany entered Spain in June 2022.
Italy is in third place. A total of 716,042 passengers from Italy reached Spain in June 2022. The majority of them flew to Catalonia and Madrid.
Apart from the above, Spain also recorded a high number of arrivals from France. More than 647,000 French passengers entered Spain in June 2022.
Previously, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that Spain recovered nine out of ten international bookings made in 2019. Spanish tourism secretary Fernando Valdés said the desire to travel to Spain this summer remained unchanged.
The island of Fuerteventura, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Santa Cruz de la Palma and Malaga are the destinations that are expected to register the greatest increase this summer. According to the data, all of these destinations will exceed the volumes recorded in June 2019.
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