Passenger traffic at the Madrid-Barajas airport from 2005 to 2019

Spain’s capital city’s airport, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, was the country’s leading airport in terms of passenger volume, with figures reaching nearly 58 million travelers that visited its premises in 2018. The Madrid-Barajas airport experienced a considerable increase in the volume of passengers over the last years, ranking it as one of the busiest airports in Europe in 2017.

Spain: an indisputable travel destination

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. The Mediterranean country was also one of Europe’s favorite holiday destinations in 2018 – the United Kingdom, Germany and France appeared in the leading positions of the largest number of international visitors to Spain by country of residence, as confirms the data collected from the Spanish Statistics Institute (INE).

Tourism constitutes an essential industry for the Spanish economic system

The travel and tourism sector has become one of the leading engines of growth for the Spanish economy, featuring an ongoing increase in the GDP contribution over the last years and projected to reach approximately 178 billion euros in 2018. The industry plays a key role to boost the Spanish employment market, which has been experiencing a significant improvement since the 2007 financial crisis jeopardized and destroyed many jobs across the country.

Volume of passenger traffic at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport from 2005 to 2019

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Source

Release date

2019

Region

Spain

Survey time period

2005 to 2019

Special properties

Including domestic and international flight passengers

Supplementary notes

* The data has been rounded.

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