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Tourist figures drop

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Lanzarote saw a drop of almost 23,170 tourists in the month of April, compared to the same time last year. Photo: Lanzarote37°/Cornelius Klingel

11/05/2012 Lanzarote (KMC) - Lanzarote saw a drop of almost 23,170 tourists in the month of April, compared to the same time last year, an overall decrease of 14.51%. The low results for April have also affected the overall figures for visitors to Lanzarote in the first four months of 2012, which are now down 6.1%.


In April, there were a total of 136,523 passengers who passed through Guacimeta airport, compared to the 159,693 passengers that were recorded last year. The biggest decrease has been in the British market. In April there were 7,706 less people and for this year so far there has been a total decrease of 11,249.


The German market has also suffered significantly, down 9% from the 2011 figures. In April last year there were 27,372 German passengers and a total of 116,613 in the first four months of 2011. However in April this year, there were 22,236 passengers and a total of 106,054 for the first quarter of 2012. According to the Spanish Airports and Air Navigation (Aena), the smaller Finnish and Danish markets have also suffered from a decrease in passenger numbers, along with the Swedish and Norwegian markets.


However there is still some positive news, the Irish market has remained stable with only a slight decrease of 459 passengers this April as compared to last year, and the numbers of Dutch and Austrian passengers have increased with 2,854 and 1,208 passengers so far in 2012.


The Italian market has continued to grow with 9,000 Italian visitors to the Island this year.  The French market has grown rapidly, with 5,500 passengers so far in 2012 compared to only 204 passengers last year. However unfortunately the passenger contributions from these new and emerging markets are not yet large enough to enable them to balance out the loss from Lanzarotes’ more traditional British and German markets.                                           

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