Passenger traffic at Barcelona airport 1990-2017

The number of passengers flying to or from Barcelona airport increased significantly over the recent years. The second largest Spanish city saw a great rise in its airport figures, which range from 9.05 million passengers in 1990 up to 46.28 million passengers in 2017.

Barcelona is not only visited by tourists

  Most of the people that traveled to Barcelona were there on vacation or similar leisure purposes according to the latest surveys. An important share of the visitors went to the Spanish city for other reasons: 21 percent of the tourists in the Catalan city arrived for business ends. 

Barcelona and Spain are popular destinations

  It is no secret that millions of tourists travel to the popular and vibrant Barcelona every year. Spain is also one of Europe’s favorite holiday destinations in 2018 – the United Kingdom, Germany and France appeared in the leading positions in terms of of the largest number of international visitors to Spain by country of residence, as confirms the most recent data. Spain ranked second on the World Tourism Organization’s list of most visited countries in the world, with its number of international visitors amounting to nearly 82 million in 2017. 

Number of passengers moving through Barcelona airport from 1990 to 2017

Number of passengers in millions
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Release date

July 2018



Survey time period

1990 to 2017

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