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Girona - Madrid Airport Route May Re-open

Tue 20th Sep 2011

The Region of Catalonia's Minister for Transport, Ricard Font, has spoken of his optimism that SSpanair will re-introduce the Girona - Madrid route that was dropped by Ryanair last May.

The Minister went on to say how the operating costs of the route were known, and that a number of regional and national administrations should work together to ensure that the proposal came about.

The Regional Government is now just waiting for Spanair to finalise their official proposal to Girona airport, of which is expected to include a commitment to re-open a route to Madrid.

One of the major concerns in operating such a route is that it may result in a loss for the airline, and this is something that the Minister is acutely aware of and will take into consideration.

Only last week it was revealed how Girona airport saw a fall in passenger numbers in August of 42% on the previous year, and 36.6% for the year to date. This dramatic fall in numbers was attributed to Ryanair's closure of 18 routes operated from the airport, and the frequency of a further 17 routes being reduced. The airport has been unable to attract new routes from other airlines that have been able to come close to taking up the slack that Ryanair have left behind.

Read how Passenger numbers at Girona have declined by clicking HERE.

Furthermore, significant growth at Barcelona airport, compared with the relatively low operating costs, has made it an attractive destination for passengers and airlines alike, and the growth at El Prat has been largely at the expense of the region's other airports.

With regards to Girona's talks with Ryanair, Font says that he is willing to open negotiations on the possibility of opening new routes.

He also acknowledged that Ryanair's goal was to increase operations at Barcelona's El Prat airport, but reminded the airline that things may change once the airport has been privatised.

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