RYANAIR will reportedly cancel their schedule flight Almeria-Madrid as of September 30. This leaves carrier Air Nostrum as the only choice for this route now.
Ryanair had also cancelled the flight Liverpool-Almeria in April, resulting in an estimate of 200,000 fewer tourists from the UK in summer. Back then, the company alleged lack of support from the Provincial Government.
The reason this time could be higher airport fees charged by airport managing company AENA, as well as low occupancy rates in the flights to Madrid, reported Spanish newspaper elalmeria.es.
As for Barcelona, Air Nostrum will discontinue their flight from September to March. A 42 per cent drop in passengers recorded in winter led to this decision. At present, Vueling operates this route thrice a week but could raise frequency.
In the summer seasons, flights to 26 destinations were operated at Almeria Airport. Only 10 were national destinations. Almeria is one of the few AENA airports that grew in August with 11 per cent more passengers than last year. A 12 per cent rise was also recorded in July mainly due to new connections with Barcelona (Vueling) and Nottingham (Ryanair).