Andalusia & Aerospace

ANDALUSIA - A KEY REGION IN THE AEROSPACE SECTOR

The turnover of the Andalusian aerospace sector reached 2,569 billion euros in 2019. It exceeded €2 billion for the seventh consecutive year according to Andalucía Aerospace.
  • The aerospace contribution to the Andalusian GDP represented 1,73% in 2019.
  • Andalusia was the second exporting region in Spain in the aerospace industry in 2019, with a total sales amount of €2.569 billion, equaling 35% of national sales (€7.372 billion).  Andalusia tripled its aerospace exportations (+166,4%) during the last decade (2010-2019). The industry earns 3 points in overall exportations: it is growing almost twice as much as Spain (+121,9%).

  • The Andalusian aerospace cluster is made up of 146 companies. They generate 14.500 direct jobs in 2019, 1.46 more than in 2018. 


  • 20% of Andalusian companies in the aerospace field are dedicated to mechanical activities and tooling, 12% to consulting and engineering, 16% to services, 1% to analysis and testing, 4% to electrical and electronic systems, 34% to assembly, the 4% to space. The other 9% of companies focus on composites, plastics, space and general aviation.
  • In 2018, a qualitative change occurred. For the first time, a civil program, the A350, became the most important aeronautics program in Andalusia. It represented 22% of the 2018 turnover, while civil programs reached only 14% of business in 2017.


  • The Seville-Cadix axis captures 90% of the sector's companies (respectively 106 and 23). The sector is also developing in other provinces, such as Málaga (8), Córdoba (2), Jaén (3) and Huelva (1) thanks to the ATLAS research center of UAVs in Villacarrillo (Jaén).
  • Andalusia, along with Toulouse (France) and Hamburg (Germany), is the third place in Europe, and the only one in Spain, where the manufacturing and assembly of a large plane (A-400M) is accomplished. Thanks to the turnover from this, Andalusia is considered to be the third European aerospace hub.
  • Andalucía generated 42% of the national turnover in Spain (€5,444 billion) and 25% of national employment in 2019 (14507 jobs) according to ANDALUCIA AEROSPACE. data.


  • Andalusia can rely on a strong and consolidated auxiliary industry, as a result of the subcontracting policy of its leading companies, and the attraction of new customers by the Andalusian auxiliary industry. This industry has reached a €1.185 billion turnover and a 2.94% of employment (for a total of 11.002 jobs). The auxiliary companies' sales have quadrupled during the last decade (€280 million in 2007).


  • The Andalusian government refers to the sector as "strategic" and supports its projects and investments, including: CATEC - The Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies, Aerópolis - Aerospace Technology Park of  Andalusia, Tecnobahía, technology Park, Aeronautic Suppliers Village, Airbus Flight Simulator and training Center for pilots and crew, Seilaf project-  training of forest firefighting, Experimental Flight Center ATLAS UAVs, etc.


  • In June 2019, the Andalusian government presented the Andalusian Strategic Aerospace Plan, managed by the Industrial Organization School (EOI) and the government, and coordinated by Carlos Suárez, ex-CEO of Airbus Spain. The deadline for writing the first draft is, initially, 6 and a half months after its submission.


  • The Plan expects to increase the industrial and technological capacity of the Andalusian aerospace sector and to identify growth and diversification opportunities for its companies. It will be active for 4 years and will deal with various issues such as the improvement of competitiveness, digitalization towards the Aerospace Industry 4.0, the inclusion of innovation and technology in manufacturing processes, and the development of the aerospace and defense industries. This document will take over the proposals of the Sectorial Agenda of the Aeronautics Industry, designed by the National Association of Defense, Security, Aeronautics and Space Companies (TEDAE). It will also incorporate considerations for the future "Strategic Agenda for Research, Development and Innovation in Aeronautics 2019-2030", promoted by the Spanish Aerospace Platform, in which the most relevant aerospace companies, centers and universities participate. Andalusia also actively participates in its writing.