According to figures just released by AENA, the Spanish airport authority the holiday island of Lanzarote welcomed 26% fewer visitors last month versus May 2008. As the credit crunch continues to take its toll on the island’s tourist industry.

Just 89,446 foreign arrivals touched down at Arrecife airport in May. Compared with 121,113 during the same month last year. A decline of 26.15%. Whilst overall arrivals on the island have now dropped by 16.91% for the year to date.
With 118.287 less tourists taking a holiday on Lanzarote during the first five months of 2009.

The British market remains amongst the worst affected. With UK visitor numbers down by 18.76%. Whilst other key markets such as Germany (down 12.73%) and Eire (down 14.51%) also continue to record large declines.