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Benidorm councilor urges Gov't to intervene between El Altet and Ryanair

Thu 22th Mar 2012
Benidorm councilor urges Gov't to intervene between El Altet and Ryanair

Benidorm's Councilor for Tourism yesterday asked the Government to intervene in the negotiations between Alicante aiport management in Ryanair in a bid to prevent further losses in the number of foreign visitors coming to the area.

Official figures released recently by the Ministry of Development revealled how passenger traffic dropped 12.4% at El Altet during January and February, with a total of 880,136 arrivals compared with 1,004,779 passengers in the same period in 2011.

Whilst AENA officials were quick to put this decline down to a number of other factors - such as the collpase of Spanair, cancellations due to Iberia pilots strikes and the recession - the cut routes by Ryanair have obviously played a major part in this.

Ryanair's routes for the coming Summer season have been slashed to just 18 routes, representing a loss of some 300 flights per week and and an estimated 1.5 Million passengers by the end of the season.

The councilor noted that this will have a negative effect, not just on Benidorm but throughout the entire provinces of Alicante and Murcia.

Comment on this Story

Hi Tumbit, Ryanair only pulled their Liverpool to Almeria flight (A new flight that never actually took off) and the East Midlands and Stansted ones are still a go. Cheap flights via Ryanair are also available from Almeria to the UK via Madrid, often only €7.99 each plus some extras of course. Obviously the plane change in Madrid is an issue but if one wants to save money then...?
Beachcomber John - Thu, 22nd Mar 2012
A good point there John - especially with Ryanair recently pulling out of Almeria airport. Let's keep our fingers crossed for Corvera !
Tumbit - Admin - Thu, 22nd Mar 2012
The negative effect will be felt much further afield and as far down south as Mojacar in Almeria, many of our visitors fly into Alicante. John.
Beachcomber John - Thu, 22nd Mar 2012

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