Last year’s passenger traffic at Faro Airport increased by 1%, representing about half of the total increase in all ANA airports, which stood at 1.9%, accounting for an additional 539,000 passengers.
However, in the last month of 2012 the passenger traffic at Faro Airport rose by 4% which was the most significant increase observed in all airports of the country.
On the other hand, in Beja there was a drop of 13.9% in terms of passenger traffic over the past year, the biggest drop in Portugal. In the Azores, there was a 5.9% decrease.
According to data released by ANA, regular traffic in the low-cost carrier segment has increased 4.9% (an extra 451,600 passengers).
There were also other increases in terms of passenger traffic at Lisbon Airport (more than 3.5%) and at Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport in Porto (more than 0.8%). ANA highlights the Lisbon Airport figures in 2012 because it has surpassed, for the first time, the 15 million passenger mark, and in Porto Airport the increase reached over six million passengers. Faro Airport had 300,000 fewer passengers than Porto.
In 2012, the Azores airports received nearly 1.2 million passengers, while Beja Airport received 1,925 passengers.