Anna’s main chart (see their site) shows Spain suffering the greatest reduction in traffic among the Mediterranean countries, and intranational variation shows some coping with the recession better than others. Competition between individual airports is clearly important, with measures including subsidies for the airlines, de-unionisation and other forms of cost-cutting, and quite possibly brothel visits. On the east coast, for example, Valencia is in trouble (Ryanair withdrew many services in October after the regional authorities failed to cave in to its demands) and Barcelona is also down sharply, while Reus, which is close to Barcelona and only a couple of hours from Valencia, is up an incredible 143% in January, and Girona, which also sucks off some of the Barcelona trade, is not suffering quite as badly.
Effective regional policy is also key. A classic example of failure in this respect is Galicia, where purblind provincialism and an approach to markets that would have been familiar to Canute’s courtiers has left Santiago hit and Vigo and La Coruña badly wounded, while over the border in Portugal Oporto is taking their trade and level-pegging as a result.
It seems unlikely that airports like Pamplona and Jerez have any short- to medium-term future, and Huesca, which opened recently at considerable public expense, may well disappear without scoring.
One day this folly may form food for thought for the administrations involved, assuming corruption investigators are not already thinking on their behalf.
- Lleida airport (pot), meet Ciudad Real airport (kettle)
La Vanguardia appears interested in Spanish local airports as a means of diverting large sums of public money to private pockets to no obvious public benefit–except when the airport happens to be a Catalan one.
- Elections (brothels, Nazis), corruption, Girona airport shuttle, an Andalusian lexicon
Link love for 05/06/2009.
- Are the Spanish media really obsessed with Israel?
John Chappell links to an old piece from the Stephen Roth Institute in Tel Aviv which claims among other things that “reports about Israel occupy a disproportionate amount of international space in the Spanish media”.
If their frame of reference is countries in a similar situation to Spain and and with a similar relationship to Israel, then …
- Bloody Galicians
But what was Rosa Díez actually trying to say before she so expertly inserted foot into mouth?