Heading to Alicante? Not anymore, say Ryanair

6 April 2011

Bitterwallet - Ryanair charges increaseRyanair can throw its weight around at many of the European airports it flies to, because Ryanair is a big deal in delivering passengers and revenue to not only the airports, but the regions they serve.

They're at it quite a lot, actually; pulling flights because of competition or low passenger numbers is par for the course, but the budget airline is forever pulling out of airports over spats with management.

Today they've done it again. Ryanair has announced it is pulling half of its routes - 31  in total - out of Alicante, in a row about stairs.

Airport authorities Aena is demanding all flights begin using airbridges instead of stairs to board flights. Ryanair is having a fit, not only because they claim the cost of introducing the service will cost them 2 million euros, but because it will mean that its aircraft can only be entered and exited from the front doors of the aircraft, instead of both front and rear - meaning quick turnarounds for boarding and disembarking won't be so quick.

Ryanair are therefore withdrawing half its routes from Alicante as of October this year. That threat alone may be enough to make Aena reconsider. 9.4 million passengers pass through Alicante airport every year and Ryanair is responsible for more than four million of them. By threatening to pull its most popular routes, Ryanair will only contribute 1.5 million.

The decision, if it goes ahead, will see a dozen UK routes disappear - grim news if you've relatives or a holiday home at either end of the route. Airports that will lose flights to Alicante include Bournemouth, Doncaster, Humberside, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Gatwick, Standsted, Liverpool, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Bristol and Birmingham.

TOPICS:   Travel

12 comments

  • james D.
    Well at least I've already been, cost me £10 each way (yes including fees and taxes).
  • andy y.
    The stairs thing at Alicante is dangerous.They make all the passengers descend down to ground level at mebarcation but the doors at the bottom are locked.One day there will be some sort of panic and the grim reaper may call
  • andy y.
    embarcation
  • MrRobin
    Embarkation Alicante airport serves Benidorm. You will never find a more vile hive of scum and villainy
  • Mark C.
    What, worse than Mos Eisley?
  • omg
    Omg what chavs will do now?
  • klingelton
    I passed through Benidorm last year - hands on wallets time. we went to "mundo Mar", great for the kids, not so great for us!
  • embrocation
    MOL is happiest when the regional airports pay Ryanair for the priviledge of them landing there... Another reason *not* to fly with Ryainair.com...as if we needed one.
  • EssexBoy
    It's Stansted not Standsted.
  • Smuts
    > Well at least I’ve already been, cost me £10 each way (yes including fees and taxes). What? A tenner for a piss, and another tenner for a shit?
  • james d.
    nope I think it was a tenner for a cup of soup though (it was £3.50 really)
  • Alex
    Only Bournemouth, Doncaster and Humberside will not operate from the UK, Humberside is new this summer but Bournemouth and Doncaster have operated summer only flights to Alicante for a few years now. The UK is the least effected as Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow-Prestwick, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted and Manchester will all still continue their Alicante services through the winter season. All UK routes however will operate with a much lower frequency but this is only really because of the much lower demand through the winter season. The frequncies of the Alicante service from all UK airports are about the same as they were last winter though actually there are slightly more this year as Manchester wasn't served from Alicante last winter.

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