The Costa del Sol is looking forward to welcoming more visitors to the area in 2013 with many airlines introducing new direct flights to Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport, already the fourth busiest airport in Spain, and ranking third in the list of European airports with the most flights to the UK. Once this summer’s new routes are all up and running, Málaga Airport will serve a total of 114 destinations, with direct flights provided by more than 50 airlines. The 22 new connections will make it much easier for visitors to travel to Spain from cities such as Cardiff, Belfast, Dortmund, Hannover, Brussels, Istanbul and even New York! Vueling, Aer Lingus, Ryan Air, Jetairfly, Turkish Airlines and Delta flying in conjunction with Air France-KLM are among the airlines expanding their routes to incorporate more flights into Málaga in response to client and tour operator demands. The routes linking Málaga to Istanbul and New York will also open up this part of Andalucía to visitors from much further a field in Asia and the Americas, who will finally be able to limit the number of flights they have to take in order to get to their chosen destination. Seafaring voyagers are also on the up, with Málaga port experiencing an increase in visitors this year amid record numbers expected during April when 37 cruise ships carrying a total of 60,000 passengers are scheduled to dock, among them the Costa Neoromantica, Carnival Legend, Sea Cloud, Grand Mistral and Corinthia. This is fantastic news for Málaga; most tourists who fly in head straight to the resorts, missing out on the delights on offer in Málaga’s historic centre, but those arriving by ship can walk straight into the bustle and riches of Spain’s sixth largest city. Already in 2013, Andalucía has reported an increasing number of high spending tourists visiting some of the region’s most popular destinations and disposing of around 660 million euros, which represents 12% of the total income spent in Spain by visitors during January and February. Reports indicate that a large part of the visitors travelled from the UK, Scandinavia and France, spending on average 90 euros per day (7.2% more than during the same period in 2012). These are just some of the recent statistics published by Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, showing that 2013 looks like it is going to be another great year for Spanish holidaymakers.