Passenger traffic grew at Alicante airport by 17.1% in July, according to data released Monday by ACI Europe while in August, traffic grew at the airfield by 14.8% with a total of 1,447,343 passengers. So far this year, the terminal has handled 8.4 million passengers, representing an increase of 16%.

Broken down by nationality, the countries generating most passengers to the airport are the United Kingdom (621,417), Spain (136,022), Germany (102,898), the Netherlands (82,329), Norway (77,329) and Belgium (59,304).

The tremendous boost to tourism on the Costa Blanca has seen the airfield break all forecasts with the peak season lasting longer every year.

AENA says that it is also fully expecting a bumper winter because of the fall off in the tourism markets remain in Turkey and Tunisia.

Passengers at Barcelona-El Prat and Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez airports grew by 9.6% and 6.8%.

Of those airports with more than 25 million passengers a year, after Barcelona airport there came Copenhagen (9.5%), Dublin (9.3%), Amsterdam (7.8 %) and London (6.9%).

In the second group of airports with between 10 and 25 million passengers per annum, Gran Canaria saw the biggest increase in passengers recorded in July (20%), followed by Cologne-Bonn (17.5%), Alicante (17.1%), Malaga (15.3%) and Birmingham (14.2%). Traffic at Palma de Mallorca grew by 12.8%.

In the third group, airports receiving less than 10 million pax per year were Valencia, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Ibiza, which showed increases of  14.6%, 14.2%, 11.8% and 11%, respectively.