My last post
on this subject (04.03.2014) was a rather too skeptical and sarcastic report on
the setting up of a committee to “guarantee the future” of Granada as
an international airport.

I had previously (29.012013 post 27) noted how Granada, after reaching a peak of
1.467.625 passengers in 2007, had hit rock bottom in 2012, becoming the last
placed of the five Andalusian passenger airports, falling even behind remote Almería.

In fact, in terms of passenger numbers,
Granada fared even worse in 2013, reaching a low of 638,288. Since then, the
decline has been stopped and slightly reversed, numbers nudging just above
700,000 in 2015.

Well,
that committee, that Panel of bigwigs that I was rather scathing about, seems
to have come up with the goods. As Guadalupe Maldonado reported in Granada Hoy (Guadalupe
S. Maldonado Granada, 14 December, 2016) back in December, the Federico Garcia
Lorca Granada-Jaen Airport is expanding its activities as a destination for
international flights. This is primarily due to the incorporation of new
Easyjet routes between London, Milan, and Manchester.

·
– London flights start on 4 February 2017 and will operate
three times a week.

·
– The Milan flight starts on 26 March 2017 and will also
operate three days a week.

·
– The flight to Manchester starts on 21 July and will
operate two days a week.

While the
airport commits itself to filling the flights as far as possible by means of
publicity and marketing campaigns, I understand no subsidies are involved, in
contrast to the arrangements made with Ryanair, who pulled out in 2010 when no new
subsidies were forthcoming.

The three
new routes are supposed to be going to account for an extra 54.000 passengers
per year and the goal is to reach one million passengers in the next two or
three years, returning to the volume of passengers last reached in 2006.

At the
moment, Granada does have two international destinations, with two flights each
per week: Transavia France to Paris Orly and British Airways (BA Cityflyer) to London
City.