Low passenger numbers have caused airlines to drop 11 routes from Almeria airport this month. We were supposed to have 29 routes across Europe this summer, but only 18 continue to function after airlines suddenly cancelled the rest for August.
Five of the cancelled routes were low cost and charter flights to European cities: Birmingham, Belgrade, Helsinki, Rome, Oslo. The other six were all to other Spanish cities: Tenerife South, Bilbao, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Zaragoza and Valencia.
Most of the Spanish connections were setup in anticipation of Imserso (the Spanish state owned version of Saga) bringing hundreds of OAP’s to the province, something which doesn’t seem to have happened. With no internal traffic, there’s no need for the flights and so they have been abruptly cancelled.
You can still fly to 15 European destinations from Almeria. London, Dublin, Brussels, Copenhaguen etc.
Don’t panic! cries the tourism board – they helpfully say this is still a success as it’s more than you could fly to four years ago when only six European cities were connected to the airport.