Sunday, May 22

An ‘exit operation’ of Easter like those before the pandemic

After two years in which the coronavirus pandemic has conditioned Easter due to restrictions on mobility, the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) launches the special operation from this Friday and until Monday, April 18, a period in which 14.6 million road trips are anticipated. As usual, the traffic surveillance and regulation device during these eleven days will be carried out in two phases. The first starts at three in the afternoon this Friday and will run until midnight on Sunday. [Consulta aquí el estado del tráfico]

In this first operation out of Easter holidays, the DGT expects 3.7 million trips, while the second phase will bring together more departure and return movements, almost 11 million, between Wednesday 13 and Monday 18 April. As it is one of the most complicated special traffic operations of the year due to the large volume of trips concentrated in a short space of time, the DGT has launched this week an awareness campaign that appeals to the responsibility of the driver to prevent compliance the forecasts of the mathematical models that indicate that this Holy Week 36 people will die on the roads.

“Let’s make ‘big data’ wrong” is the slogan of this campaign that can be seen in the media and social networks. In one of the advertisements, images of various people say their age and where they live. “Today I am here, and this Easter I am going to die,” says a young man before a narrator’s voice explains that the statistics predict “everything” and say that in this period “36 people will die on the roads.” “Now that we know, maybe we can prevent it. Let’s respect the rules. Let’s get ‘big data’ wrong,” he concludes. Traffic recalls that since March 21 the new traffic regulations regarding speed, distraction, seat belt and alcohol have been in force.

More places in Renfe

For its part, Renfe offers nearly 2 million seats on its Commercial and Public Services trains for the Easter holidays. Between Friday the 8th and Monday the 18th of April, the company increases the available capacity with 79,569 extra seats on its trains to the most demanded destinations on Ave and Larga Distancia. For those traveling to nearby places, Renfe offers 836,685 seats on the Avant and Media Distancia services.

The days with the greatest increase in seats are focused on Friday 8 and Monday 18 (with 388,472 seats in total, both commercial and public services), coinciding with the departure and return of the holidays, to once again reinforce the service to the maximum Wednesday the 13th or Holy Thursday. For the return operation, the company programs 186,755 seats on these trains.

crowded airports

Spanish airports will register a total of 57,376 air movements during this Holy Week, from this Friday, April 8 to Monday, April 18, according to sources from Aena to Europa Press. Specifically, of the total scheduled operations, 22,725 correspond to domestic flights, while 34,651 will be international flights. According to the airport manager, this Saturday will be the busiest day in the entire Aena airport network, with a total of 5,494 scheduled flights, 1,913 national and 3,581 international.

For Sunday, April 10, 5,341 arrival and departure operations are planned at all Spanish airports. After the weekend, scheduled flights drop, with next Tuesday, April 12, the day with fewer operations, reaching 4,764 flights. For the following days, on Wednesday, April 13, the number of operations will return above 5,000, while on Thursday 5,165 air movements will be operated and on Friday they will be 5,125.

In addition, the weekend of April 16 and 17, 5,457 and 5,444 air movements will be registered, respectively. On the last day of Holy Week, Monday, April 18, there will be 5,211 scheduled operations. The Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport will be the one that will register the highest traffic expected for this period, with a total of 9,785 operations until April 18. They are followed by the Barcelona-El Prat airport, which will register 8,882 flights; Palma de Mallorca, with 7,170 scheduled operations; Malaga-Costa del Sol airport, reaching 4,424 scheduled flights, and Gran Canaria, where 3,673 operations will be carried out from today until next Monday in two weeks.

arrival of tourists

Taking into account the geopolitical situation caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the uneven pace of the recovery of destinations in the world, Spain is “well positioned” for Easter, being one of the most recovered global destinations in In terms of international arrivals, the Government said on April 1.

The latest data on the issuance of air reservations, air arrivals from abroad to Spain are expected to be only 13% below the values ​​of Easter 2019, while national air travel is on par with the values before the pandemic, just 1% below.

“Throughout the pandemic we have seen a lot of frustrated demand, which has translated into renewed interest from travelers every time restrictions allowed travel again; In this new phase of the pandemic, Spain is rapidly recovering to the point where it is close to the values ​​prior to the start of the crisis. This Easter we expect traditional markets of origin such as the United Kingdom or Germany to exceed the levels of arrivals prior to the pandemic”, pointed out Juan A. Gómez García, head of Market Intelligence at ForwardKeys, a leading global Spanish company in traveler analysis.

ski season

A total of 25 ski resorts will be open this weekend, April 9 and 10, throughout Spain, in the Cantabrian Mountains, Aragon, Catalan Pyrenees, Central System, Iberian System and Penibetic System, of the 32 that make up the Tourist Association of Ski and Mountain Resorts (Atudem).