Andalusia & Aerospace


The turnover of the Andalusian aerospace sector reached 2.53 billion euros in 2018, which represents 3.1% less than in 2017 (€2.611 billion). It exceeded €2 billion for the sixth consecutive year and €212 million more was sold than 2 years prior. The turnover has tripled since 2007 (€825 million) according to Andalucía Aerospace.
  • The aerospace contribution to the Andalusian GDP represented 1.57% in 2018.
  • Andalusia was the number one exporting region in Spain in the aerospace industry, with a total sales amount of €2.962 billion, equaling 49% of national sales (€5.444 billion). Andalusian sales decreased by 18.3% compared to 2017, as well as national sales (-5.5%). Andalusia tripled its aerospace exportations during the last decade (2009-2018). The industry earns 3 points in overall exportations: it is growing almost twice as much as Spain.

  • The Andalusian aerospace cluster is made up of 130 companies. They generate 15,931 direct jobs, 1.7% more than in 2017, which means the creation of 300 jobs in one year. The sector progressed in the last decade and duplicated its number of employees, passing from 6,700 in 2007 to almost 16,000 in 2018.
  • 27% of Andalusian companies in the aerospace field are dedicated to mechanical activities and tooling, 18.4% to consulting and engineering, 17.7% to services, 8.4% to analysis and testing, 8.4% to electrical and electronic systems, 7.6% to assembly. The other 12.5% 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 92% of the sector's companies (respectively 94 and 25). The sector is also developing in other provinces, such as Málaga (5), Córdoba (3), Jaén (2) 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 28% of the national turnover in Spain (€9,029 billion) and 28% of national employment in 2018 (57,000 jobs) according to TEDAE data.
  • Andalusia can rely on a strong and consolidated auxiliary industry, with increasing employment 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 €1.202 billion turnover and has increased its number of employees by 2.94% (for a total of 12.551 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.