The number of travelers who opted fortraveling by plane to move around the interior of the country increased by 10%in 2018 compared to the previous year, while those who choseAVE trains rose 3.8%, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE).
Specific,More than 40.2 million users used air transportlast year, higher than those who chose the Long Distance train for their trips, with 33.6 million. Within this segment, travelers who used the AVE totaled 21.3 million users.
TheRail transport was used by more than 626 million travelers, 4.4% more than in 2017, of which 559.7 million corresponded to Cercanías users (+ 4.5%); 32.8 million at Medium Distance (+ 3.1%), and 33.6 million at Long Distance (+ 4.1%).
On the other hand,bus transport was used by almost 695 millionof travelers in 2018, 2.6% higher than in 2017, while maritime transport rose by 3.1%, to 11 million users.
In total, the number of travelers who used public transport grew by 3.1% in the last year, reaching 4,905.7 million.
Urban transport grew by 2.3% and the interurban by 3.6% during 2018, according to the statistics of passenger transport (TV).
For its part, thetransportation by metrorecorded an increase of 4.6% and bus transportation grew by 1.5% over the whole year.
More than 519 million users used special and discretionary transport in 2018, which represents a slight increase of 4% compared to 2017.
Thus, the number of passengers of special transport grew 2.5%, touching the 314 million users, while the discretionary transport increased by 6.4% with respect to 2016, with more than 204 million passengers.
In December, the number of travelers who used public transportgrew by 5.4%in December with respect to the same month of last year, with a total of 398.2 million. Urban transport grew by 5.4% in annual rate, while interurban transport increased by 5.2% in December (111 million passengers)
On the other hand, the variation rate of the number of public transport passengers for the month of December over November is 8.9% less.
In December, the number of passengers who traveled by plane in the interior of the country increased by 7.3% compared to the same month of the previous year, accompanied by an increase of 2.9% of passengers who used the Long Train. Distance in December.
By number of users,3 million used air transport during the month of December, compared to the 2.6 million travelers who chose the Long Distance train, which includes the AVE, for their journeys. In December, high speed registered an increase of 2.9%, with 1.67 million users.
The passengers who used the railroad increased 5.9% as a whole in December, with 53 million passengers, thanks to the increase of users in Cercanías (+ 6%) and, above all, the Average Distance (+ 6.7% ). On the other hand, bus transport grew by 4.5%, while maritime transport increased by 4.1%.
In December, transportation bysubwayincreased 6.1% in annual rate. ThemetropolitanIt grew in the main cities, especially in Palma (+ 23.8%). Among the metropolitan cities, the highest rise in bus transport was in Palma (+ 8.4%) and the only drop in Bilbao (-6.5%).
The number of travelers in urban transport bybusit grew 4.9% in December. The biggest increases in the Canary Islands (+ 9.4%),Catalonia(+ 7.9%) and Region of Murcia (+ 6.8%). On the other hand, it fell in Extremadura (-1.8%), Castilla-La Mancha (-1.6%) and País Vasco (-1.3%).