The Barajas airport in Madrid goes from record to record. Last January the passenger traffic reached 4.6 million, 6.3% more, and 1.2% more operations. Almost 3.4 million in Barajas were international travelers, 7.3% more. In addition, the Madrid airport was the one with the highest number of take-offs and landings, with a total of 33,293 operations, 1.2% more than in January 2019. In total, Aena’s network airports registered 16.98 million passengers in January, which represents an increase of 2.4% compared to the first month of 2019, with a decrease of 1.9% in operations to 156,556 flights, according to airport manager data. Of the total number of passengers, 16.9 million corresponded to commercial passengers of which 10.9 million traveled on international flights, 1.5% more than in January 2019, and 5.9 million did so on domestic flights, 3.8% more. Finally, freight transport has experienced, with respect to January last year, a 15.4% growth at Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport. Thus, cargo operators managed estemes more than 45,834 tons of merchandise, which represents about 52.7 percent of the total air merchandise transported in the Aena airport network. Barajas was followed by Barcelona-El Prat with 3.3 million passengers, 3.7% more than in the same month of 2019, and 2.3% less operations (23,445 flights). The third airport in the network by number of passengers at the start of the year was Gran Canaria airport, with 1.16 million travelers, 1.2% less, and 10,584 operations, 7.2% less than in January 2019. In the Canary Islands the Tenerife North airport resists, which increased the number of its passengers by 10.8%, that of El Hierro by 16.8%, and that of La Gomera by 6.4%. On the other hand, the Balearic Islands saw an increase in the number of their passengers in the airports of Menorca, which grew by 6.4%, and that of Ibiza by 5.1%.
The Spanish public ports network managed 564.6 million tons of merchandise during 2019, so that the volume of cargo that passed through these facilities stagnated when accounting for just one million tons more (+ 0.19%) compared to the year preceding. The ports, the main entrance and exit door for merchandise to the country, thus slow down the growth trend that they had been registering during the last five years, which ranged from 1.4% recorded in 2016 to 7% in 2017. Despite this slowdown, the port network manages to maintain for the fifth consecutive year in historical maximums of managed merchandise, thanks to the aforementioned million tons of cargo with which it manages to settle 2019.