Airport taxes up another 8%

Airport taxes on flights will increase by 8% in real terms next year, meaning airlines will have to pay more to use Spanish airports. Airline unions have rebelled against the additional increases and will take the Spanish government to court, arguing that between 2011 and 2013, airport duties have increased by 67.5%, above a legal maximum of 43% set by the EU. However, the Ministry of Development has defended the tax increase, saying that Spanish Continue reading Airport taxes up another 8%

San Javier airport duty free concession offered – IU says this means Corvera “isn’t expected to open soon”

AENA, the airports operator, has issued a tender for the concession of a new duty free shop in San Javier airport. This is for a new shop, in the old airport. IU, the political party, have now tabled a question in Murcia asking if this means that AENA does not expect Corvera to open any time soon. After all, if AENA expects all operations at San Javier to cease in mid 2013, why are they Continue reading San Javier airport duty free concession offered – IU says this means Corvera “isn’t expected to open soon”

Only Ryanair and Vueling passed on costs of increased landing fees to passengers

According to ElEconomista newspaper, only Ryanair and Vueling have passed on the cost of increased landing fees at Spanish airports to their customers. So yes, if you’d flown with a better airline you’d be happier and have paid less for the ticket. Makes you think, eh? Landing fees went up by an average of 19% across Spain on July 1st, although Madrid and Barcelona both went up by some 50%. None of the other airlines Continue reading Only Ryanair and Vueling passed on costs of increased landing fees to passengers

Almeria Airport part of “viability study” by government, confirms La Voz

La Voz de Almería, our local paper, has received confirmation from the AENA, the airports authority, that Almería airport is part of a mass “viability study” by the government, which is examining  Spain’s loss making airport infrastructure for savings. At the close of 2010, Almeria airport was technically worth 75 million euros, but had accumulated aggregated debts of 110 million euros. It has lost 35% of passenger traffic over the last four years and seen Continue reading Almeria Airport part of “viability study” by government, confirms La Voz

New Murcia airport to start flights in December (and please tell them when San Javier will close, whinges Sacyr)

The new international airport at Murcia, Corvera airport, will start trialling commercial flights in December, according to local paper La Opinion de Murcia. AENA, the airports operator, has submitted a request to the Spanish flight authorities AESA to open the air routes as from mid December. If the paperwork cannot be filed in time (ah, España!) it will be January. After a short test period, the airport will hopefully be declared fully open by April Continue reading New Murcia airport to start flights in December (and please tell them when San Javier will close, whinges Sacyr)

Another empty airport: Ryanair pulls out of Reus, leaving a brand new airport with no commercial flights at all

As part of Ryanairs’ plan to force the Generalitat to give it lots of money (same business plan as ETA, but with fewer iron bars and kneecaps, basically) it has continued its economic blackmail of Catalonia by pulling all of its flights to Reus airport. Now, it turns out that Ryanair was the only airline flying from Reus which means the airport now has no commercial routes at all. Since 2005, Spain has spent over Continue reading Another empty airport: Ryanair pulls out of Reus, leaving a brand new airport with no commercial flights at all

A trip on Easyjet

I have often said that Monarch is the only airline for me. I have often joked about Ryanair, and even gleefully published on this blog bad news reports about the cheaper airlines. However, Monarch doesn’t fly to Glasgow. From Spain, Easyjet flies to Glasgow. From Alicante. So, I was stuck between taking the direct flight, or flying into London and then taking the overnight train. Now, both have advantadges. The only time I have slept Continue reading A trip on Easyjet

Almeria Airport – a black hole for government cash

Almeria Airport (LEI), according to recently released figures by AENA, “only” lost 9 million euros last year. It’s worth 75 million euros, but has a net debt of around (by the end of this year) 110 million euros. AENA, a state owned company that runs Spain’s airports, used to keep its accounts locked in a large vault in Madrid, but eventually yielded to public pressure last year and admitted that it was running at an Continue reading Almeria Airport – a black hole for government cash

Almeria Airport starts new handicapped assistance scheme

AENA, the state owned operating company of Almeria Airport, has implemented a new handicapped assistance scheme at the airport for its passengers. As opposed to the old system, where if you were lucky a stewardess would give you a hand down the stairs to the tarmac. As long as you book 48 hours before travel, you can now receive 100% assistance from the drop off point to your plane seat, or vice versa. They’ll even Continue reading Almeria Airport starts new handicapped assistance scheme