La Vanguardia draws attention to Le Monde‘s paywalled report on Ciudad Real airport in Castilla-La Mancha, which opened in December 2008 and appears to have cost €640 million in public funds so far while only managing 6 flights (not 3: checked on Ryanair) a week.
Funnily enough La Vanguardia fails to mention another struggling minnow, Alguaire-Lleida/Lérida airport in Cataluña, which opened in January 2010 with admitted public investment of more than €95 million, with free landing and charging and annual payments of up to €1.6 million to the airlines, and with no prospect according to Catalan economists of ever breaking even, and which, while it claims 16 flights a week on its website (Vueling 8, Ryanair 8), doesn’t seem to have told the airlines about all of them: I can only find 10 (Vueling 6, Ryanair 4).
Surely La Vanguardia isn’t keeping quiet because it also receives considerable subsidies from the Catalan government!
And surely the Catalan government didn’t support it because its nationalist soul was desperate to have an airport run by it rather than the national operator AENA!
And how absurd to imagine that the basic economic rationale of Alguaire-Lleida/Lérida is the same as is alleged in private for some other loss-making strips of tarmac in Spain: to benefit friendly constructors at the taxpayer’s expense!
We believe that such talk is dangerous nonsense, and if anyone feels in the slightest offended we’ll compensate them with a free return flight by Ryanair from the UK to Granada.
- Figures from Vueling and Ryanair are for flights in the first week of November, a horizon of a month being perfectly sufficient for fly-by-nights.
- Free flight to Granada subject to Granada agreeing to recommence payments of Danegeld to Michael O’Leary and to the above horizon.
- Spanish airport traffic trends
Variation in air traffic numbers throws interesting light on Spain’s problems as it plunges into recession.
“A creamy dessert and espresso? Puff, puff.”
- Time for Spain to adopt the Western calendar?
Mañana will do.
- Paradise and town-planning
The Turks and Jews of Istanbul demonstrate that co-existence is not impossible.
- State-directed swamping of Catalonia by immigrants from other parts of Spain
Along with stuff like the banning of the sardana and of Catalan, this is another of the absurd lies told about