Madrid has recorded a year-on-year growth of 11% to 12.6% in visitor numbers during April and May. Last month the Spanish capital welcomed a total of 732, 709 visitors – the highest number in its history according to figures published by the National Statistics Institute (INE). The Champions League final was held last month in the city, which caused almost 20% more flights and a record 86,300 passengers to pass through Barajas Airport that weekend. The airport has since claimed that London airports have since been in contact with the Spanish Airports and Spanish Navigation to learn how they coped with the numbers. It also performed well during April as it was mainly unaffected by the volcanic ash cloud. As a result, it ranked third in the number of passengers received in April and operated 4.3% less flights than in April 2009.