Monthly Archives: April 2013

AENA to start works in Lanzarote airport Standard

works in Lanzarote

AENA confirmed they will start works in Lanzarote to fully adapt the airport to the EU safety standards about braking safety margins.“After years of debates and demands on the Lanzarote runway extension, the airport has finally initiated the works, but for doing the opposite. “As confirmed by senator Mr. Oscar Luzardo, the works will reduce the runway length by 100 meters, with an investment of more than 3 million euro.Although the reason for the works is to improve the airport safety, this will limit even more the runway size and consequently it will reduce the ability to operate to other destinations or…

Melilla Airlines: New Spanish airline to fly Málaga-Melilla Standard

Melilla Airlines has born in order to cover Málaga-Melilla route with an ATR aircraft which will be based in Melilla.Ticket prices will go from 69 Euros with an estimated average of 83 Euros for residents.Tickets are only available in Travel Agencies   Source:

Aena chose legal advisors for its privatisation Standard

Last Friday, 26 April, Aena awarded the financial and legal advising services for the privatisation process.The financial advisor will be Lazard Asesores Financieros and N+1 Corporate Finance.The legal advisors will be Pérez Llorca Abogados.According to elEconomista the Government aims to have finalised this procedure by the end of this year and would keep at least 51% of Aena.   Source:

Aena moderates the tax increase Standard

The Minister of Public Works, Ana Pastor, has mediated between Aena and the airlines so that they can reach an agreement which might help to alleviate the industry.As a result of this approach between Aena and ALA—airline’s association—the expected tax increase of IPC + 5% which was already applied for the current year, would not be applied again in five years. According to the media, this might have been called pax tarifaria (tax peace) between both parties. Also, Aena expects ACETA—one of the Spanish airline’s associations—joins this agreement too.This change of stance in Aena might be intended to have an overall support…

The Spanish airports lost over 16 million passengers Standard

Since the beginning of the financial crisis, the Spanish airports lost 16.3 million passengers. According to the data published by Aena, 2012 ended with 194.2 million passengers. This means a decrease by 7.7% in comparison with 2007, when 210.5 million passengers used the Spanish facilities. In 2008 and 2009 the number of passengers decreased by 2.4% and 9.4% respectively. However, in 2010 and 2011 the figures increased by 2.8% and 6% respectively. This let the Spanish airports have over 204 million travellers. But in 2012 the downward trend appeared again and the airports lost passengers by 5% with regards to…

Tenerife North opening times Standard

Tenerife North Opening Times

The vicepresident for the Council of Tenerife said yesterday that it would be enough to extend the Tenerife North opening times by an hour and fifteen minutes. He explained that an agreement was reached with the Minister of Public Works for Aena to consider this extension so that the airport is open from 07:00 to 23:00 LT (currently 08:15-23:00 LT).To start with, this extension might allow Binter Canarias to offer twelve new connections per week and Vueling to establish a home base for one aircraft to increase the rotations.   Source:

En-route charge could be increased in 2014 Standard

The General Manager of Air Navigation, Mr. Ignacio González, has announced that the en-route charge could be increased in 2014.In a meeting held with the media, Ignacio Gonzalez explained that the en-route charge in Spain could increase in 2014, after a couple of years of being frozen. According to Gonzalez, it is too early to confirm if this will happen. A lot of work still has to be done and many variables need to be analyzed before taking this decision. It will depend on whether the traffic is growing or not, and whether Air Navigation can continue to reduce the…

The new Murcia airport to remain closed Standard

Stop sign

Due to the lack of agreement between Aena, Aeromur — the building company — and the Government of Murcia, the new Murcia airport remains closed one year after the works finished.Sources which would have contacted with say that they think it will not be possible to open before October or even November. Therefore the new Murcia airport, Corvera International Airport will continue to be closed for the second summer season and San Javier will remain operative.The negotiations for Aena to accept managing Corvera Airport and transfering employees, services and airlines from San Javier are blocked because Aena would require to be compensated for the…

Aerocanarias: Canary entrepreneurs’ new startup Standard

Aerocanarias: A group of canary entrepreneurs headed by Carmelo Padilla, are finalizing the creation of a new airline called Aerocanarias that could replace Spanair by covering the hole left by that airline after its bankruptcy in January 2012.This project is being managed a few months ago to operate routes to the mainland and between the islandsShortly after Spanair announced its closure, Carmelo Padilla registered the domain, thus the company can operate on the Internet as soon as it has been established and implemented. Another indication that the project is still going on, is the fact that the digital rights of…

F factor to increase by 50% Standard

The Governments’ party has proposed in the Congress an amendment to the “Ley de Seguridad Aérea de 2003” in order to replace the current F Factor (0.38 €) associated to the Security Tax, by a new rate to support the activities of supervision and inspection services performed by AESA.This new rate will be of € 0.58 per departing passenger from any Spanish Airport, and it will be reduced by the 15% on flights from Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, Ceuta and Melilla to peninsular airports, and by 70% on Inter-Island flights.The entry into force of the new rate will occur within…