Spain’s airports to reduce the price of bottled water following outcry


FOLLOWING numerous complaints, Aena is set to force stores to reduce the prices of bottled water in all of Spain’s airports.

According to reports, the airport manager will ensure that all vending machines and convenience stores provide small bottles of water for a maximum price of one euro.

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Shops will have to provide 33 centilitre bottles whereas vending machines must stock half-litre bottles for the same price.

Currently 19 stores in seven airports – Madrid-Barajas, Palma de Mallorca, Bilbao, Tenerife Sur, Santiago, Vigo and Girona-Costa Brava – follow the new rules, with another 16 in the process of changing their prices in Madrid-Barajas, Alicante-Elche, Valencia, Barcelona-El Prat and Malaga-Costa del Sol.

134 vending machines in six airports – Tenerife Sur, Gran Canaria, Fuerteaventura, Leon, Vitoria and Salamanca – provide the half-litre bottles and going forwards all machines must have at least 50 per cent of the water on offer in them at the new price.


  1. Nice to see someone is doing something about the ridiculous price of water in Airports. Let’s hope other countries follow, especially France where a 50cc bottle will cost you 3.65€ unless you can reach to the top shelf of the self serves and get the ‘discounted’ water at 2.50€ at CDG. The airport does have the odd drinking fountain where you could fill an empty bottle, but how many people carry an empty bottle!


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