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Ryanair threaten to leave Alicante for Corvera Aiport

Fri 30th Nov 2012
Ryanair threaten to leave Alicante for Corvera Aiport

Earlier this week AENA repeated it is unwilling to have a flexible approach to Ryanair's request to allow passengers to disembark it's aircraft by foot at Alicante's El Altet airport.

The news prompted the Airline's CEO Micheal O'Leary to threaten to move all Rynair operations the soon to open aiport at Corvera, some 80km away.

Although this is clearly nothing more than Ryanair playing each facility off against one another, it could mean that Corvera begins operations next year with an estimated 600'000 passengers per year who had previously flown with Ryanair to Alicante airport before travelling on to the Murcia region.

The new Terminal building at El Altet, which opened in March 2011, is unable to accomodate disembarking on foot on all but a few gates due to health ans saftey concerns. However, speculation has been abound that the the old disused terminal building 'could' be adapted specifically for use by Ryanair, who have flown as many as 1.5 million passegers to Alicante in previous years and are still the airports no.1 airline, despite cutting an estimated 300 flights per week during summer of 2012.

The new terminal building at El Altet was built to accomodate 20 Million arrivals per year, however passenger number for both 2011 and 2012 have fallen short of 10 Million. Although Ryanair are thought to be responsible for the loss of around 300'000 passengers this year due to cancelled routes and frequencies of flights, the suspension of all Ryanair operations would have a devastating effect on the airport and on the wider economy of the Costa Blanca.

If recent announcements by the regional government are to believed, Corvera airport may be operational as soon as April 2013.

Comment on this Story

Having absailed on several occasions down Ryan airs steps and nearly falling down twice I will not use Ryanair because of these very serious health and safety issues, which should be addressed asap. Does it need someone getting killed to wake up this crazy airline. Its not all to do with money.
Colin West - Wed, 5th Dec 2012
Heard it all before ... From both Ryanair and the Murcia government . Ryanair will do whatever is commercially best for them - Always have, always will !
Si Carter - Sat, 1st Dec 2012

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