Alicante airport attracts foreigner visitors

Alicante airport has introduced new international destinations

IN the last three years there has been a drastic reduction in the number of domestic flights from Alicante’s El Altet airport.

Ryanair has just cancelled its ‘low cost’ direct service from Alicante to Barcelona and now only fly to Santiago de Compostela. Most of the company’s operations have now been moved to nearby Valencia Manises airport due to lack of demand and, above all, the withdrawal of aid it received from the regional government.

Vueling Airlines, Air Berlin and Iberia are the main operators offering internal flights around Spain from Alicante.

According to airport authority AENA, 84 per cent of Alicante’s operations are international flights, with just 16 per cent being national, a figure which is expected to fall further once the AVE high speed train arrives in the city later this year.

However, it is not all bad news for Alicante, with the arrival of the summer season the airport has announced the addition of 15 new international destinations.

It is expected that these will bring in an extra 500,000 passengers this year and help make up for the losses suffered last year with the reduction of Ryanair flights and the demise of Spanair.

New destinations include St Petersburg, Russia; Nuremberg in Germany and Warsaw and Katowice in Poland.

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