Expat Valencia

Valencia Airport and the growth of air travel in Spain

Spain’s airports have witnessed impressive traffic growth of between 7% and 10% for each of the last five years, but many industry pundits expect 2008 to be the year when growth finally slows down. Total airport traffic passed 200 million passengers in 2007 and at current growth rates Spain could overtake the UK as the biggest country in Europe for air travel by 2010.

Valencia’s growth was up at 19%.

Last year the UK’s airports handled 242.9 million passengers but growth was just 2.3% compared with 8.9% growth in Spain. The growth in air travel demand at Spain’s airports, especially since 2002, has been driven primarily by LCCs.

Valencia airport is currently under construction and is continually welcoming flights from more and more airlines, flying both internally and to the rest of Europe.

The cheapest way to get from the UK to Valencia and vice versa is with Ryanair or Easyjet. Also look at Spanish airlines for returning home for holidays: Spanair and Iberia are two of the biggest and most reliable companies.