Airlines operating at Alicante-Elche airport have scheduled a total of 3,905,948 seats for the off season which begins at the end of October, continuing these services until March 26, 2016. This represents an increase of 17 per cent more available seats compared to last year.
Vueling has already started operating its new route between Alicante and Sevilla, and Ryanair has connections between Rome and Copenhagen. There will be new routes introduced from the airport, with flights to Kiev, Warsaw, Antwerp, Santiago de Compostela and Copenhagen. In total airlines at Alicante are providing more than 24,000 scheduled flights throughout the period, increasing its air traffic with the rest of Europe by 19 per cent.
Routes to the UK absorb the largest amount of passengers, with 1,450,000 seats and 8,000 scheduled flights, representing a 16 per cent growth. The Alicante to London Gatwick route is the most commonly used link with 230,000 passengers expected to be arriving over the low season period until March 2016. Germany and the Netherlands also see an increase in passenger numbers. Norwegian Airlines is now offering routes between London, Hamburg and Munich competing directly with British and German airline companies, flying to 14 destinations and offering a total capacity of 318,000 passengers until the end of the season in March.
This is an increase of 2 per cent over last year’s figures, while the six routes to Norway have seen a far more significant increase in passenger numbers, growing 15 per cent, with a total of 19,000 seats. Indeed Norwegian is currently the best performer in terms of increase in numbers, with the route from Bergen seeing an incredible 64 per cent rise and Trondheim also seeing a 14 per cent increase in business, as Norwegians escape the cold winter months.