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Ryanair Alicante airbridge appeal thrown out

Thu 12th May 2011

A commercial court in Alicante has thrown out an appeal by Ryanair against the new rules from the Spanish Airports Authority - AENA - which states that airlines must make use of air bridges for passengers to board and disembark planes at Alicante's new El Altet airport terminal.

The provision of such air bridges comes at a premium, and Ryanair claim that they are both unnecessary, and at a cost of over 2 million euros per year, can not afford to pay for them without passing the cost over to the consumer. The airline had previously threatened significant cuts to flights to and from the airport if AENA did not reconsider it's position.

Ryanair had appealed on the grounds of financial losses the new regulations would incur and also claimed that the air bridge system would result in delays. The judge considered that the system which the airline currently uses at other Spanish airports appears to have no adverse effect on its operations.

However, the judge did ask AENA to consider whether the use of such air bridges is really necessary, and has suggested that they study the implications of allowing passengers to board and disembark planes on foot.

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