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Here you will find my personal view about selected events relating to Granada, 'the city where anything is possible', Granada, 'la bella y la bestia', and particularly about the city's uneasy relationship with its greatest son, Federico Garcia Lorca, who alternatively loved and loathed it.

new easyjet flights in 2019

Airport Posted on Sat, December 22, 2018 10:01:33

Two new international flights have been announced for Granada Airport in
2019, one to Bordeaux and one to Nantes.

Flights are bookable on the Easyjet webpage. Flights to and from Nantes
start on 31 March; Bordeaux flights start on 15 June.

There will be two flights a week to Nantes (anyone fancy a trip to the
Loire Valley?), and three to Bordeaux.

With these two new destinations in France, Easyjet will have routes to a
total of seven European cities. They already fly to Berlin, Milan, Naples,
Manchester, and London.

That means they will have 206,000 seats available in 2019, an increase of
44% over the 143.000 seats they offered in 2018.

The photo shows the first Easy Jet flight arrival from Berlin earlier in
2018 and it is attributed to LAURA ANAYA.

Director general de Easyjet España, Javier Gándara, points out that one in
five of their passengers flies to or from Spain and a significant but undisclosed
proportion of them come to Andalusia.

Source: Enrique Abuín. Granada Hoy. 11.12.2018

Meanwhile, it has
been reported that Granada is the Andalusian airport with the second greatest
increase (20.3%) in the number of flights handled, only behind Seville (24.6%).
Internal flights have done slightly better than international ones, and traditional
airlines slightly better than low-cost.

Source: R. G. Granada Hoy. 12.11.2018

Apart from Easyjet, we have Paris, served by Vueling, and London City,
served “seasonally” by British Airways.

Just over 900,000
passengers used the airline in 2017, so this increase should mean that the target
of one million for 2018 has been reached.

GRX International Airport – further recovery

Airport Posted on Tue, March 13, 2018 10:51:37

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

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.

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).

Granada – an international airport once more

Airport Posted on Sat, January 07, 2017 10:53:38

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.

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


Airport Posted on Tue, March 04, 2014 20:29:59

I have blogged
previously on the decline of Granada’s “International” Airport (#15;
30.1.11 and #27; 29.1.13). How, to visit one of Europe’s favourite tourist
destinations, it is necessary to fly via Malaga, or Madrid. The only
international flight I found on the airport destination schedules mid-Feb was to
Paris, twice a week on Monday and Thursday. I know there have been flights to
and from London City Airport and there will be again. But that’s not much for a
magical city like Granada.

Numbers using the
airport have been in decline since 2007 and they fell sharply in 2010 when
Ryanair pulled out because the city withdrew its subsidy. With cuts imposed by
AENA things have just been getting worse. Is a turnaround on the cards?

Well, you’ll be glad
to know that a committee has been set up to study the problem and find
solutions to “guarantee the future” of the airport.

Who’s in the
committee? All sorts of bigwigs and medium- and heavyweights from the national,
regional, provincial and urban governments, among them the city’s lord mayor José
Torres Hurtado, plus representatives from the world of business and commerce,
such as Jaime Parra, the general secretary of the local Chamber of Commerce, Gerardo
Cuerva, President of the Employers’ Confederation, President and General Secretary
of the Hostelry and Tourism Sector, Trinitario Betoret y Antonio
García, and airport director Marta Torres.

This emergency gathering
of local dignitaries and moguls is understandable in view of the importance of
the airport to the city’s and the area’s development as a cultural and tourist
attraction and a potential money-spinner.

What are they going
to do?

Brainstorm ideas,
make a plan, co-ordinate forces, and maybe even take action – to further the “internationalisation”
of the airport.

What’s new? Not much.
A repeat of the old refrain that Granada is more than the Alhambra and worth
more than just a cursory visit of 24 hours. In addition to the usual patter,
the Airport Director also calls for a more effective marketing of special
one-off events, such as the Basketball World Cup that is going to take place in
the city between 28 August and 6 September this year.

Meanwhile, the Employers’ Confederation, weary of fruitless talk
of internationalising the airport, proposes better quality, more frequent and
economical connections with Madrid Airport as a hub for international flights
to London and the rest of Europe. It is not only the tourist industry that
would profit from a better exploitation of the underused García Lorca airport
facilities. Local businesses and industries, like the technological sector or
the agroalimentary market, would also benefit. Argues the Confederation.

source: Guadalupe S. Maldonado in Granada Hoy 11.02.2014

R. Castro Granada Hoy 04.03.2014

Granada Airport hits rock bottom

Airport Posted on Tue, January 29, 2013 15:03:21

2012 has been another bad year for Federico García Lorca Airport
Granada/Jaén. As were 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008. (I wrote about it in #post15.)
The number of passengers passing through the airport has fallen year by year
since 2007 reaching the lowest number for eight years. This chart shows clearly
what has been happening:

In 2004, before low-cost airlines started using the airport, 590.931 passengers
passed through Federico García Lorca Airport in Granada. In 2005, Ryanair
arrived on the scene like a fairy godmother and the numbers shot up to 875.322,
an increase of 45,4%. Things continued to go well with a peak of 1.467.625
travellers being reached in 2007. The number of users fell by 3.1% in 2008 and
since then they have been in a state of practical freefall. In 2010 they dipped
for the first time since 2006 below 1 million line. The crisis set in when
Ryanair left in search of greener pastures. It was exacerbated by the collapse
of Spanair in 2011. Of the 872.752 passengers who passed through Granada that
year, at least 136.400 were on routes operated by Spanair, accounting for a
good part of the loss of 144.324 users that occurred compared to 2010.

Thus, in 2012, with only 728.428 users, Granada hit rock bottom, that is
to last place among the five Andalusian passenger airports. It had fallen
behind Jerez de la Frontera in 2010, and now it was overtaken by Almería whose
749.712 passengers were 21.284 more than those using the Federico García Lorca
Airport of Granada y Jaén.

The key to the continued demise of Granada Airport lies in its current
dependence on national tourism, which in the crisis has been more badly
affected than external tourism. In Granada 97% of air passengers start or end
their journey inside Spain.

The sad demise of the airport has an odd footnote in the appearance and
disappearance of Hispania Airways, possibly the shortest-lived airline ever,
hardly lasting 15 days. After announcing flights between Granada and Madrid,
Barcelona, Rome, London and Paris and its intention of flying 80,000 passengers
into and out of the city in its first year, plus its plans to set up one school
to train flight attendants and another for pilots, on 21 December 2012,
presumably because it realised it had no chance to get anything like sufficient
bookings, Hispania Airways cancelled all its flights from Granada Airport
before it had even started, mumbling something about re-considering the
situation and the possibility of resuming (resuming?) its activities at an
unspecified future date.

When Hispania declared its good intentions, Mayor José Torres Hurtado commended
the airline for putting its faith in Granada with no more institutional support
than its promotional tourist campaigns. This was a side-swipe, a bit
unfortunate as it turned out, at Ryanair, who pulled out as soon as
“institutional support” (in the form of subsidies) was withdrawn.


Guadalupe S. Maldonado 19.01.2013 + A. González Vera 09.01.2013 Granada Hoy

the airport and ryanair

Airport Posted on Sun, January 30, 2011 19:56:44

In 2010 Granada Airport suffered the greatest percentage fall in the number of passengers since 1981, thanks largely to Ryanair discontinuing its flights on four routes – to London, Liverpool, Madrid, and Gerona. This followed the low-cost airline’s failure to blackmail Granada into paying greater subsidies for the privilege of hosting its cheap flights.

The number of passengers using Granada Airport was 978,107, 17.7% down on the 1,187,813 travellers in 2009. This loss of 209,706 passengers followed the 234,201 loss in 2009 compared to 2008 (16.5% down) and the loss of 45,611 customers from 2007 to 2008 (3.1% down). In other words, since the balmy days of 2007 Granada Airport has lost almost half a million passengers (489,518) and you have to go back to 2005 to find the last time fewer than a million travellers passed through the Airport in the course of a year.

Last year’s 17.7% percentage fall in the number of passengers was last exceeded, as we said, in 1981, but then the fall was only 36,214 from 186.165 to 149.951 (19,4%).

In 2007 Granada had risen to 21st busiest airport in Spain. Since then it has fallen year by year to position 25 in 2010.

Granada falls from 3rd to 4th place among Andalusian Airports, behind Malaga, Sevilla, and now Jerez de la Frontera, all of which enjoyed modest growth last year, in line with national trends.

Source: Camara Granada – AEFI

Ryanair attempted to replace Granada as one of its low-cost destinations with Ciudad Real. Spain’s ‘biggest private airport’ greeted its first Ryanair flight at the end of May, shortly after it had pulled out of Granada. The airport was ‘optimistic’ that the notoriously mean airline would add ‘at least two further destinations in the near future’. But in fact it cancelled the route Ciudad Real – London Stansted in November, leaving the international private airport with just one route, to Paris.