Granada International Airport – further recovery.
The recovery of Granada Airport (Aeropuerto Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén) as an international destination that I last wrote about in January 2017 (post #53) will be consolidated in 2018, with a million passengers expected to use the facility for the first time since 2010.
Air traffic reached a low point in 2012/3 when the viability of the airport began to be put in question.
At the moment there are connections with just five airports outside Spain: London (City and Gatwick), Paris, Manchester, and Milan; and to these will be added two more this year: Naples and Berlin.
With the exception of London City (British Airways) and Paris (Vueling) all these destinations are served by Easyjet.
The connection with the German capital is particularly exciting, and although we have to wait till 3 September for it, tickets are already on sale. There will be two flights a week, Mondays and Fridays, leaving Berlin at 10.15 with the return flight at 14.10.
18.000 passengers a year are expected to use the service.
The Germans – with their good taste – are said to have a preference for Andalusian destinations, as well as for the Andalusian way of life, and the influx of German tourists is expected to have a knock-on effect, for example in promoting the import of tropical fruit products grown locally.
Currently, international customers make up 12.3% of airport activity.
Now all we need is the long-awaited AVE – High Speed Train. But that’s another and entirely different story (see post @54 and #56, Jan and Feb 2017).