The Canary Islands received 879,985 foreign passengers during the month of January 2013.
The figure released by Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (AENA) confirms that we had less 4.02% tourists in the islands compared to the same period in 2012.
In respect of Lanzarote, the island saw 3,733 less tourists during the month, a drop of 2.89% from January 2012.
Ricardo Fernández the Deputy Minister for Turismo del Gobierno de Canarias explained that “however, despite the decrease, January 2013 was reported as the third best start to the year in the history of the Canaries, after the years 2012 & 1999.” Fernández reiterated that “the elimination of the airline subsidies has created a tourist arrivals to the Canaries, a point that has been reiterated to the State Government on numerous occasions.”
Our neighbouring island of Fuerteventura was hardest hit last month, they saw a drop of 15,709 tourists which equates to 11.91% less than 2012.
The other main destinations of Tenerife and Gran Canaria reported a decline of 3.76% and 1.03% respectively.