Madrid Barajas Still Seeking To Find 2019 Movement Levels

Madrid Barajas Still Seeking To Find 2019 Movement Levels
Konstantin von Wedelstaedt (GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2 ), via Wikimedia Commons

Madrid Barajas’ airport is still trying to find its post-pandemic tempo as movement numbers remain lower compared to 2019.

Using data from, we will take a look at the airport’s data from the last five weeks and see whether there is any potential for growth this year.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Madrid Barajas’ Numbers Still Lower Than 2019…

Madrid Barajas Still Seeking To Find 2019 Movement Levels
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From May 30-June 6’s data, Madrid Barajas handled 1,104 movements, which is a decrease of 2.13% compared to the same period last year, based on the seven-day rolling average provided by the flight tracking company.

This is around 19 movements less than the same period last year, but is around 219 movements less than the same period in 2019.

Below is the last four weeks’ worth of data for the airport:


Date2019 Numbers2022 Numbers2023 NumbersPercentage Difference (2023 vs. 2022)
May 2-91243 movements1083 movements1071 movements-1.11%
May 9-161252 movements1101 movements1112 movements+1.00%
May 16-231270 movements1102 movements1088 movements-1.27%
May 23-301387 movements1103 movements1083 movements-1.81%

Looking at the data, Madrid Barajas has been able to maintain or be slightly lower than the same period in 2022, but they still have a lot of work to do if they are to achieve 2019’s numbers.

Is There A Chance of A Positive Spike?

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Is there a chance of a positive spike at all? Based on historical data, not at the moment, but this is the Summer 2023 season, so anything can happen.

What also needs to be remembered is that we are still in the early stages of this period, with the peak periods expected to take place around July and August time, so we will need to see how the data looks at that point.

But for now, all eyes will be on Madrid Barajas to see whether they can induce a spike in operations or whether they will still continue to chase 2019’s numbers.

By James Field - Editor in Chief 3 Min Read
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