A total of almost 19.8 million passengers passed through Málaga’s airport in 2019, an increase of 4.4 per cent on the previous year. The number of landings and take-offs was up on 2018 by 2.5 per cent to a total of 144,920.

The UK remained the country from which most passengers arrived. The Brits’ total of over 5.8 million was 2.2 per cent more than the previous year, while the domestic market was in second place with almost three million arrivals, an increase of 7.5 per cent on 2019. Those flying from other foreign countries including Germany, France, the Netherlands and Ireland also recorded increases.

The figures have contributed to another record year for tourism in the province of Málaga, especially in the domestic market. Around 5.7 million visitors from elsewhere in Spain travelled here during 2019, with a consequent increase in the economic impact – up 7.7 per cent to €4,858 million.

Last month’s data from Tourism Costa del Sol also show that, compared to 2018, overnight stays by domestic visitors increased by nine per cent to 5.7 million, while hotel reservations were up 10.9 per cent to 2.2 million.