August is a busy holiday month and, as always, airports are flooded with passengers who come to Spain in search of its many tourist attrations. One of the most important airports that welcomes these people is the International Barcelona - El Prat.
The amount of air traffic taking place during the month of August in the Barcelona-El Prat Airport is absolutely spectacular. In fact, since 2014, this is the airport that had the biggest passenger flow in Spain, well ahead of the next on the list and its main rival, the Internacional Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport.
The busy air traffic is due to many reasons. First, we should highlight the fact that during the summer months, Barcelona is a much more attractive destination for tourists than Madrid and many other important Spanish cities. Specifically, the city of Barcelona has its own sea and beaches, which are something that many other destinations cannot compete with.
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In fact, at this moment in time, Barcelona has a large number of cruise ships that ride on the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Before passengers embark on such a journey, they must first fly from their home town to Barcelona. hence the high air traffic at the airport.
Meanwhile, it is not possible to forget that the International Barcelona-El Prat Airport is becoming just as important as Madrid Barajas Airport, whose facilities are considered by AENA as the basis on which the Spanish air network is based on. Flights from all over Spain and Europe reach Barcelona airport in order to take passengers to United States, Europe, or even as far as Moscow.
The passenger data concerning this August is also very encouraging and shows that, almost certainly, Barcelona airport will be the leader in air traffic in Spain during the month of August. All this despite the problems that caused the crisis of Vueling company in early July. Vueling is a low cost airline with approximately 40 per cent of the total aircraft flow.
If you are thinking of going to Barcelona during the month of August, it is best to book your flight well in advance. This is because, right now, it is virtually impossible to find tickets for many destinations. Also, to mitigate the possible effects that can cause huge air traffic Barcelona is recording right now, the government is trying to promote alternative transportation such as AVE.