By Euro Weekly News Media • 29 September 2011 • 14:32
ELCHE Town Hall has urged Spanish airport AENA and the Ministry of Development to ‘reopen’ negotiations with Ryanair.
This comes in the wake of the airline withdrawing 22 or its 57 destinations from El Altet airport after they were told they would have to use airbridges to board passengers at the new terminal.
AENA requires all airlines that operate at the new terminal to use these air bridges for passengers at a cost of around €2 million a year.
They had conceded that Ryanair could continue to board passengers by foot – as agreed in a contract signed when the airline flew out of the old terminal – in the winter months but deemed it too ‘dangerous’ in the peak season.
“The loss of these connections to national and international destinations could mean a loss of 2.5 million passengers a year,” said the Town Hall’s Popular Party (PP) spokesman Manuel Rodriguez.
“This will greatly affect the town of Elche.”
Among the flights cancelled were domestic destinations including Zaragoza, Santander, Valladolid, Palma de Mallorca as well as established international connections to Pisa, Venice, Paris, Poznan, Fez and Marrakech, among others.
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