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).