The diversity, authenticity and uniqueness make the ‘Costa de Almería’ destination a unique and highly attractive enclave for tourists and visitors who come to the province from all over the world. For this reason, the Provincial Council, aware that tourism is one of the basic pillars of Almeria’s economic sector, is immersed in the implementation of a series of actions that place the province as one of the first destinations chosen by thousands of travellers.
The figures for passenger arrivals at Almeria Airport and the number of overnight stays in the first four months of this year augur a summer season with high occupancy, with figures that are at pre-pandemic levels, which would confirm that the summer of 2022 is the summer of the definitive recovery of the sector.
The figures that confirm this argument are based on SAETA statistics that quantify the number of national and international passengers at the Alquián Airport from January to April 2022, where they almost quintuple those of 2021. This year in that period 75,391 passengers have arrived by plane to the province, compared to around 17,000 in 2021. This year the number of domestic passengers was 43,099, compared to 16,743 in 2021.
In international passengers there is a great quantitative leap. In 2021, at the time of the greatest restrictions, only 228 international passengers arrived in Almeria, while in 2022 this number rises to 32,292. In terms of the number of overnight stays, also according to SAETA, the figure for the first four months of 2022 is almost three times that of 2021. This year there have been 600,791 overnight stays in those months compared to 271,000 in 2021.
The deputy of Tourism, Fernando Giménez, has valued these figures and has pointed out that “they confirm that we are at the beginning of the summer of the definitive recovery of our tourism sector. Last year we managed to recover a key market for ‘Costa de Almería’ as the national market and our main objective for 2022 is to consolidate the international market thanks to the relaxation of restrictions and the good evolution of the pandemic. The numbers of passengers and overnight stays confirm that we are on the right track”.
In this sense, the deputy recalled that the provincial institution “has undertaken at all times, as well as in those of greater restrictions, actions aimed at having the current scenario, where we are located in a privileged position as a preferential destination for thousands of national and international tourists. We have carried out numerous promotional campaigns and reached agreements with tour operators and other agents in the sector to increase the number of flights and connections”. Finally, he called for the involvement of all public administrations to boost the tourism sector.
At present, Almeria Airport has 14 connections to international destinations such as Brussels, Dublin, Luxembourg, Prague, Rotterdam, or with different cities in the United Kingdom such as Leeds, Birmingham, London, Manchester or the new one with Bristol by Jet2 thanks to an agreement reached with the Provincial Council of Almeria. As for national destinations, from Almeria Airport you can fly to Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Palma, Seville and Melilla.
There is an Almeria in you, yours’.
This is the title of the new, current and ongoing summer promotional campaign for the ‘Costa de Almería’ destination. The national, regional and provincial media will show spectacular images of the province and reports in the written press, magazines, internet, radio and television about the experiences that can be enjoyed in the province during this time of year. The image of Almería can also be seen on the metro, furniture and urban transport in large cities.