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Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport

Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:56 am

This week Ryanair has announced that they are closing their three bases in the Canary Islands (ACE, LPA and TFS) and their base in Girona (GRO) in Catalonia.

https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2019/0 ... ear-union/

Before the Spanish crisis and Ryanair setting shop in nearby Barcelona's expanded airport, GRO became one of Ryanair's largest bases in Europe. Before Ryanair, GRO had 557k passengers in 2002 that skyrocketed to 5.507.294 in 2008, of which 5.033.317 flew Ryanair. Traffic increased tenfold in only 6 years. Last year (with Ryanair fully established in nearby BCN), GRO went down 2.019.876 passengers, of which 1.442.281 flew Ryanair. GRO's non-Ryanair traffic has been stable since 2002, around half a million passengers a year.

According to one major Spanish newspaper, https://cronicaglobal.elespanol.com/bus ... 0_102.html since 2004 Girona Airport has received:

- €62.5 million from Catalan authorities, the Generalitat de Cataluña (the regional Catalonian government) and the Diputación de Girona (the provincial Girona government).
- Indirectly €142.5 million in infrastructures with the expansion of the airport. The airport was expanded due to the traffic boom because... of Ryanair.

It will be interesting to see how this evolves. Ryanair has been already mandated by the European Commission to pay back their subsidies in Montpellier Airport ("only" €8.5M).

https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-19-4991_en.htm

Ryanair has left MPL so they could do the same in GRO, and Girona could become another ghost airport with facilities way bigger than was is needed. Catalonia already has two ghost airports managed by the regional government: Lleida-Alguaire https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lleida–Alguaire_Airport and La Seu d'Urgell/Andorra Airport https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andorra–La_Seu_d'Urgell_Airport.
 
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Re: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport

Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:22 am

The Canarian press are reporting that it is 4 airports - TFS/LPA/ACE and GRO.
 
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Re: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport

Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:24 am

LuxuryTravelled wrote:
The Canarian press are reporting that it is 4 airports - TFS/LPA/ACE and GRO.


That's what it says, three in the Canaries and Girona makes a total of 4.
 
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Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:46 am

All these subsidies should stop, there is no reason to hand over such large amounts to commercial business.
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Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:48 am

I do not believe Girona will become a ghost airport, it has a certain demand. Specially by holiday makers from northern Europe that go to Spain for a cheap beach holiday. A lot of youth uses Girona to go to places like Lloret de Mar, Blanes and Malgrat de Mar. Of course this is highly seasonal, so in the winter it will look like a ghost airport only to be overflown by passengers in the heights of the summer.

However apparently that wasn't enough to create demand for Ryanair, so they made it a secondary airport for Barcelona. All the traffic using Girona to get to Barcelona on top of it's regular traffic totally blew up the passenger numbers. However Ryanair shot themselves in the foot when they started flying to the main Barcelona airport, shifting this traffic from Girona to Barcelona.

The same thing is true for the other secondary Barcelona airport, namely Reus. Just like Girona, it sees a lot of holiday makers in the summer going to the beaches in Salou and Cambrils. On top of that, Ryanair used Reus to get passengers to Barcelona. However Reus hasn't been a Ryanair base anymore for many years, it's strictly a destination served from other bases. But here again, by serving Barcelona directly the additional traffic through Reus headed for Barcelona is off.
 
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Re: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport

Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:54 am

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All these subsidies should stop, there is no reason to hand over such large amounts to commercial business.


In some cases they do make sense, in order to stimulate traffic to a certain region which can help a struggling economy. However in this case it was clearly abused as the passengers using this airport didn't actually go to Girona or it's surroundings. They were going to Barcelona instead. At least, most of them. That doesn't stimulate the economy of Girona.
 
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Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:03 am

PatrickZ80 wrote:
Dutchy wrote:
All these subsidies should stop, there is no reason to hand over such large amounts to commercial business.


In some cases they do make sense, in order to stimulate traffic to a certain region which can help a struggling economy.


But isn't that just shifting economic activity from one region to another. I doubt tax payers ever come out on top with these subsidies.
 
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Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:18 am

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I do not believe Girona will become a ghost airport, it has a certain demand.


Girona has had about non-Ryanair 500.000 passengers/year ever since 2002. So that is likely its actual market without subsidies. The current terminal expanded because of Ryanair can handled at least 6 million passengers. If FR leaves, that means that the terminal will be used max at 10% of its actual capacity.

Most carriers feel they can serve Costa Brava from Barcelona Airport. No need to duplicate (or triplicate with REU) services in the region.
 
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Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:41 am

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Girona has had about non-Ryanair 500.000 passengers/year ever since 2002. So that is likely its actual market without subsidies. The current terminal expanded because of Ryanair can handled at least 6 million passengers. If FR leaves, that means that the terminal will be used max at 10% of its actual capacity.

Most carriers feel they can serve Costa Brava from Barcelona Airport. No need to duplicate (or triplicate with REU) services in the region.


For most of the year, I agree with you and certainly in the winter when there's absolutely zero beach tourism, you're absolutely right. However that changes during the summer holidays. Tourists mostly want to fly to the nearest airport from their holiday destination, which could very well be Girona or Reus. That's the reason these airports are served by airlines like TUI, Thomas Cook, Jet2 and Transavia. Of course they're all seasonal.

A few years ago I've been to Castellon, somewhat north of Valencia. I stayed in Grao de Castellon, which is the beach and harbor town. By your logic, tourism to Castellon could easily be served from Valencia. I can tell you, there was none. Just locals. The place definitely has potential, it has beautiful beaches and the city of Castellon is nice for a visit. But at the time it didn't have an airport, I was there shortly before Castellon airport opened. Of course the airport takes time to grow, but now the first airlines are starting to serve it. That stimulates tourism to the region, new hotels are being built for the tourists that are coming in. I believe in 10 years or so, it'll be just like Girona or Reus with the beaches being full of tourists in the summer. Very different from when I was there. That's the difference the existence of an airport can make.

Lleida and La Seu d'Urgell are true ghost airports for the reason that they are too far inland, they don't attract beach holiday makers. Therefor you need coastal airports. Girona, Reus and Castellon are coastal airports.
 
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Re: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport

Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:58 am

A couple of things:

At an average of 3 million passengers per year since 2004, FR has moved 45 million people. Therefore subsidies amount to just over a euro per person, which is not that much considering that even urban transport is subsidied at >1€ per journey in Barcelona.

2. Tourism can't keep growing for ever but the fact that they close the base doesn't mean that they will stop flying there from other bases, does it?
 
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Re: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport

Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:13 am

In 2004-2016 (when according to the newspaper Ryanair received those subsidies), GRO moved 39.206.518 passengers. As stated before not all traffic in GRO is from Ryanair. I am not going to check year by year in AENA, but it seems that roughly 500k/PAX year are not Ryanair's and that has been quite constant. For 13 years, that is about 6.5 million non-Ryanair passengers, so the number of Ryanair passengers would be roughly 32-33 million.

Adding the investments from the Spanish government, the total figure amounts to 205 million EUR in direct or indirect subsidies to Ryanair. So it is about 6 euros per passenger.
 
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Re: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport

Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:26 am

Those subsidies cannot be understood without politics. Before the GFC, the Catalan government intended to create its own airport system (which has started with its "Aeroport de Catalunya"). That included Spanair at its "BCNHUB" as an intercontinental Catalan legacy carrier for BCN (Star Alliance), Ryanair for GRO/REU (fuelled by a non-Spanish airline, Ryanair) and the new (ghost) airport in Lérida. Catalonia would have a major legacy hub in its "national" capital (Barcelona) and three mid-sized secondary airports in the other 3 provinces (Gerona, Tarragona and Lérida).

Ten years later the situation is quite different and hilarious. ILD (Lérida) is a ghost airport, GRO/REU are in free fall and Barcelona centralises more traffic than ever and it is a low-cost heaven; and its main carrier (Vueling) is owned by a Madrid-based company. Back in 2009, BCN had 80% of air traffic in the Spanish region, and in 2019 this percentage amounts to 95%.

2009 (full year):

Barcelona: 27.421.682 PAX (79.68% of total traffic)
Girona: 5.286.970 PAX
Reus: 1.706.615 PAX

Total: 34.415.267 PAX

2019 (YTD to July):

Barcelona: 30.181.954 PAX (94.75% of total traffic)
Girona: 1.085.223 PAX
Reus: 586.827 PAX

Total: 31.854.004 PAX
 
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Re: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport

Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:35 am

SCQ83 wrote:
I am not going to check year by year in AENA, but it seems that roughly 500k/PAX year are not Ryanair's and that has been quite constant.


However you can't say that every passenger that has flown Ryanair to Girona wouldn't have flown there if it hadn't been for Ryanair. They might have flown other airlines instead, but still to Girona. Therefor I think it's safe to say the local demand for Girona did grow a bit, only not as much as Ryanair grew there. But Ryanair was able to capture this growth where other airlines didn't.

It's difficult to say how many of Ryanair's passengers stayed in the Girona area and how many went to Barcelona, but let's say 20% of all Ryanair traffic was for the local Girona market and 80% went to Barcelona. That would still give Girona a significant growth.
 
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Re: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport

Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:00 pm

You can argue it's 'only' a prospective subsidy of €2 a passenger but that can be pretty significant in the scale of carrier earnings. For example, AA made only about $13 pre-tax per passenger carried in 2018 - and AA has a much longer avg stage length.
 
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Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:02 pm

AeroVega wrote:
PatrickZ80 wrote:
Dutchy wrote:
All these subsidies should stop, there is no reason to hand over such large amounts to commercial business.


In some cases they do make sense, in order to stimulate traffic to a certain region which can help a struggling economy.


But isn't that just shifting economic activity from one region to another. I doubt tax payers ever come out on top with these subsidies.

There is always this belief that if the service was not available the pax would find a way. The determined ones yes, but there are too many carriers and seat available to rely on them, the opportunistic pax does have economic value.
A favorite example for discussion here on this principle is the Middle East, without the ME3 would BA and other EU carriers be generating those traffic loads, especially since they were not interested in some of the clientele.

Everyone wanting to go to Barcelona already had a way, FR did stimulate additional traffic, if other carriers did not respond by increasing capacity or shifting some capacity it means that either the competitive model is broken or they have other incentives to weather the storm, in any event, time will tell on the service withdrawal. We just do not see much analysis on a routine basis on the origins of ghost airports.
 
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Re: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport

Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:15 pm

No need for FR to fly to GRO now that they have BCN so well covered .
 
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Re: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport

Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:20 pm

par13del wrote:
Everyone wanting to go to Barcelona already had a way, FR did stimulate additional traffic, if other carriers did not respond by increasing capacity or shifting some capacity it means that either the competitive model is broken or they have other incentives to weather the storm, in any event, time will tell on the service withdrawal. We just do not see much analysis on a routine basis on the origins of ghost airports.


And to put things in perspective, Barcelona to Girona Airport is 92 km. (57 miles) on a 3-lane motorway.

Barcelona to Girona by train is 38 minutes, and it is on the main line Barcelona-Paris.

Hardly a remote region that needs subsidised air service.
 
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Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:35 pm

SCQ83 wrote:
According to one major Spanish newspaper, https://cronicaglobal.elespanol.com/bus ... 0_102.html since 2004 Girona Airport has received:

- €62.5 million from Catalan authorities, the Generalitat de Cataluña (the regional Catalonian government) and the Diputación de Girona (the provincial Girona government).
- Indirectly €142.5 million in infrastructures with the expansion of the airport. The airport was expanded due to the traffic boom because... of Ryanair.


This newspaper published a fake news about security in Barcelona some days ago, so it could be possible that the amount of this subsidy is not true... Next time use more reliable sources.
 
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Re: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport

Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:58 pm

to be fair , most Europeans would never have heard of Girona if it weren’t for Ryanair , the subsidies were well worth it
 
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Re: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport

Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:32 pm

Is this not, what Ryanair always does? Use subsidies in underdeveloped regions to test or create a market. When subsidies end and the market is not there (or as in this case is better served from another airport) - leave. Saw this in my neigborhood in Erfurt ERF, Altenburg AOC, Leipzig LEJ and Cochstedt CSO.
 
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Re: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport

Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:56 pm

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to be fair , most Europeans would never have heard of Girona if it weren’t for Ryanair , the subsidies were well worth it


Not exactly true. The city of Girona might not be that famous, however the beaches nearby are. It's mostly youth going there for a cheap holiday to Spain. Ask any teenager (or older) from the Netherlands where Lloret de Mar is and they'll know. I remember when I was in school (about 16 years old), that's where everybody went on holiday without their parents for the first time. And mostly they fly there through Girona which is the nearest airport.

Of course Girona is served from the Netherlands by Ryanair (from Eindhoven), however that doesn't mean other airlines don't also have their share in hauling those young holiday makers to the Spanish beaches. Transavia serves Girona from Amsterdam and Rotterdam and Corendon from Amsterdam. For those booking a package holiday including flight, they're mostly booked on those flights.

I agree you won't likely see KLM at Girona, they're much too upper class. However those holiday airlines like Ryanair, Transavia and Corendon are doing good business at Girona.

By the way it's funny to see that Ryanair does serve Girona and Reus from the Netherlands, but doesn't serve Barcelona. Transavia does fly Eindhoven - Barcelona, Ryanair doesn't.
 
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Re: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport

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ei146 wrote:
Is this not, what Ryanair always does? Use subsidies in underdeveloped regions to test or create a market. When subsidies end and the market is not there (or as in this case is better served from another airport) - leave. Saw this in my neigborhood in Erfurt ERF, Altenburg AOC, Leipzig LEJ and Cochstedt CSO.


What makes GRO and Ryanair special is the scale. Those German airports you mentioned had a few Ryanair routes.

At its peak in 2009, Girona was Spain's 8th busiest airport, above big cities and major holiday destinations like Valencia, Sevilla, Bilbao, Ibiza, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. At that point, GRO had 1/6 of BCN's traffic. It certainly should have been one of the largest FR bases in continental Europe, probably only behind BGY in terms of passengers.

In 2018, GRO was Spain's 17th busiest airport and had 1/25 of BCN's traffic. At this pace in 2020, GRO can go down to around the 25th busiest and 1/50 of BCN's traffic (that if Ryanair keeps some routes from other bases to GRO).

The tale of the rise and fall of an airport fuelled by Ryanair's subsidies.
 
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Re: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport

Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:39 pm

First with a 2 Euro per passenger subsidy, the airport will just have to control costs.

There is a supply/demand curve. If FR won't meet the demand, Volotea, EasyJet, Wizz, or even AirBaltic could step in.

Shrink? Yes. Doom? No.

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Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:45 pm

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First with a 2 Euro per passenger subsidy, the airport will just have to control costs.

There is a supply/demand curve. If FR won't meet the demand, Volotea, EasyJet, Wizz, or even AirBaltic could step in.

Shrink? Yes. Doom? No


They won't because Barcelona is 1 hour by car down the road; that is where the demand is. Unless they are subsidised too (I am sure Volotea would love it considering they don't fly to BCN). Those subsidies just diverted the supply to another airport (from BCN to GRO).

Only holiday carriers serving the beach resorts might continue flying to GRO. Otherwise they don't see a point to fly to two nearby airports serving the same market. BCN has no constraints.
 
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Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:11 am

It is perhaps worth mentioning that Lleida airport is not a complete ghost airport - it was never intended to serve Barcelona or the beach. In winter it gets inbound ski traffic and in summer some outbound traffic for locals to the beach. Numbers are small but regular commercial flights do occur.

As for La Seu d'Urgell, that really is a ghost airport. In spring 2018, there were flights to Madrid and Mallorca, sold by a local travel agency hoping there would be demand to/from Andorra. The 1x weely routes lasted about a month, and were cut from a 19-seater to a smaller Cessna Citation to save money because of very low passenger demand
 
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bcn92 wrote:
This newspaper published a fake news about security in Barcelona some days ago, so it could be possible that the amount of this subsidy is not true... Next time use more reliable sources.


https://cincodias.elpais.com/cincodias/ ... 14280.html

Ryanair cobra 3,5 millones de fondos públicos al año por volar a Girona

La compañía aérea irlandesa Ryanair cobra cada año 3,5 millones de euros procedentes de administraciones catalanas por los vuelos que opera en el aeropuerto de Girona, según ha explicado al diario El País el secretario de Infraestructuras y Movilidad de la Generalitat, Isidre Gavín.
 
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Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:34 pm

slightly off topic.
Regarding GRO, I remember they tried to have a route with MAD. Does someone can give us when was that, how long it last and what aircraft was used?

Many thanks.
 
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A380MSN004 wrote:
slightly off topic.
Regarding GRO, I remember they tried to have a route with MAD. Does someone can give us when was that, how long it last and what aircraft was used?

Many thanks.


That was in 2006 on Iberia Regional (Air Nostrum) on a CRJ-200 / CRJ-700 (both types were used on the route).
 
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PatrickZ80 wrote:
A380MSN004 wrote:
slightly off topic.
Regarding GRO, I remember they tried to have a route with MAD. Does someone can give us when was that, how long it last and what aircraft was used?

Many thanks.


That was in 2006 on Iberia Regional (Air Nostrum) on a CRJ-200 / CRJ-700 (both types were used on the route).


I don't know about YW but I remember Spanair flew that route at same point. And then Ryanair.

The high-speed train that opened in 2008 Madrid-Barcelona-Girona-French border made it unsustainable.

Also Girona is (by a long margin compared to BCN or Tarragona - REU -) the most pro-independence province in Catalonia. So probably there is not really a big market between the two cities.
 
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Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:21 pm

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All these subsidies should stop, there is no reason to hand over such large amounts to commercial business.


Indeed: Corporate Welfare.
 
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Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:25 pm

SCQ83 wrote:
PatrickZ80 wrote:
A380MSN004 wrote:
slightly off topic.
Regarding GRO, I remember they tried to have a route with MAD. Does someone can give us when was that, how long it last and what aircraft was used?

Many thanks.


That was in 2006 on Iberia Regional (Air Nostrum) on a CRJ-200 / CRJ-700 (both types were used on the route).


I don't know about YW but I remember Spanair flew that route at same point. And then Ryanair.

The high-speed train that opened in 2008 Madrid-Barcelona-Girona-French border made it unsustainable.

Also Girona is (by a long margin compared to BCN or Tarragona - REU -) the most pro-independence province in Catalonia. So probably there is not really a big market between the two cities.


But Girona itself is a sweet little town, worth a visit in itself.
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Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:12 pm

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But Girona itself is a sweet little town, worth a visit in itself.


According to Wikipedia, Madrid and Granada started in Fall 2007. Those are the destinations listed in the website for 2008 (GRO's peak):

Aarhus, Alghero, Altenburg, Basel, Billund, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bologna-Forli, Bournemouth, Bratislava, Bremen, Bristol, Brno, Brussels-Charleroi, Cagliari, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dublin, Durham Tees Valley, East Midlands, Eindhoven, Fez, Frankfurt-Hahn, Fuerteventura, Glasgow-Prestwick, Gothenburg-City, Granada, Graz, Hamburg-Lübeck, Ibiza, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Leeds/Bradford, Linz, Liverpool, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Maastricht, Madrid, Malta, Manchester, Marrakech, Milan-Bergamo, Newcastle, Newquay, Oslo-Torp, Palma de Mallorca Paris-Beauvais, Pescara, Pisa, Porto, Poznań, Rome-Ciampino, Shannon, Stockholm-Skavsta, Tenerife-South, Trapani, Turin Venice-Treviso, Weeze, Wrocław


Altenburg, Lübeck or Forli don't have any scheduled flights nowadays.

And for REU in 2009 (REU's peak):

Alghero, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Brussels-Charleroi, Dublin, East Midlands, Eindhoven, Frankfurt-Hahn, Glasgow-Prestwick, Liverpool, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Marrakech, Memmingen, Nador, Palma de Mallorca, Paris-Beauvais, Poznań, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Weeze
 
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Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:52 pm

SCQ83 wrote:
PatrickZ80 wrote:
A380MSN004 wrote:
slightly off topic.
Regarding GRO, I remember they tried to have a route with MAD. Does someone can give us when was that, how long it last and what aircraft was used?

Many thanks.


That was in 2006 on Iberia Regional (Air Nostrum) on a CRJ-200 / CRJ-700 (both types were used on the route).


I don't know about YW but I remember Spanair flew that route at same point. And then Ryanair.

The high-speed train that opened in 2008 Madrid-Barcelona-Girona-French border made it unsustainable.

Also Girona is (by a long margin compared to BCN or Tarragona - REU -) the most pro-independence province in Catalonia. So probably there is not really a big market between the two cities.


Airport authorities of Girona art pushing To get this Line.

The fast train is 3h34 Barcelona Madrid / 113€ One Way.
The train put pressure but there's room for an air carrier especially in Spain where the labour cost is pretty low

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Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos