Alicante-Elche airport will set an all-time record for passenger numbers at the end of the year, with more than 12 million people travelling to and from it during 2016. The not-too-surprising statement came from the Madrid government delegate to the Valencian Government delegate, Juan Carlos Moragues, on a trip to the Customs offices run by the Guardia Civil at the airport on Tuesday.

Moragues said that October’s figures will take the total to 10 and a half million passengers, which was the overall figure for 2015, and that the airport has so far seen an overall rise of 16 percent over the first nine months of 2016, compared to the same period last year.

Airport manager Santiago Martinez said that the rises were down to more routes and companies using Alicante-Elche, with UK visitors accounting for 45 percent of all traffic. Martinez added that he had not noticed any signs of the Brexit vote deflating British passenger numbers and that everything looked good for the future.

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