Alicante-Elche airport saw another big rise in passenger numbers last month, with an 18 percent hike on the figures from September 2015. Airport owner AENA said that almost one point three million passengers used the facilities at El Altet, with a cumulative annual total for the first nine months of 2016 hitting a record-breaking nine point six million people. 574 thousand British travellers used Alicante-Elche airport last month, followed by 113 thousand Spanish passengers, with German visitors clocking in third at 93 thousand.

The news for San Javier airport continues to be disappointing with fewer flights leading to fewer passengers, as Alicante-Elche airport has picked up more services, as well as the ongoing saga of the unopened airport at Corvera, San Javier logged a three per cent drop in passenger numbers in September compared to a year earlier, and has seen a one per cent fall in the first nine months of 2016. AENA, which also runs the facility, says that nearly 900 thousand passengers have used the airport so far this year.

Nationally, 178 million passengers have flown in 2016, which is an overall rise of nearly eleven percent on 2015.

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