60% of the passengers fly to Valencia with Low Cost airlines

Despite the 54 million euro investment to improve the facilities, the figures of Valencia airport are not getting any better.

According to the information published by Aena, Valencia lost passengers by 0.6% with regard to May 2012.

Only low cost airlines can keep the airport operating, since they bring 60% of the passengers—information from Valencia Turism provided by Aena—to Valencia.

Ryanair is the first operator at the aiport. In 2012 they transported 41% of the passengers. For the current summer season, they offer flights to 33 destinations: 9 domestic and 24 international.

The other 20% is distributed among Vueling (9%), easyJet (4%), Transavia (3%) and Wizz Air (3%)

After them, Volotea is back in Valencia this June, operating to Oviedo (new) and Nantes but they have removed their flights to Venice.

”Irreplaceable” market
According to the information from Valencia Turism, the importance of low cost airlines, is so high that they would be irreplaceable. However, other sources would have said that it is necessary to seek a balance between holiday and business trips, being mainly tourists the passengers who come via low cost. “We are interested in working with the tourism of events and congresses, but we cannot promote it if there are no regular direct connections with the main European cities”.

So far, the airport has been losing passengers for nine consecutive months to reach 163,604 travellers less between September 2012 and May 2013. Only January to May the decrease has been for 80,192 people.

Nevertheless, there is optimism with regard to the current summer season thanks to the new routes operated by Air Nostrum, Ryanair or Volotea, eventhough the Jetairfly routes to Nador and Tangier that had been announced are not finally scheduled.

Let me remind you that, for further information on the airlines and the routes they operate from every airport, you have our Airport Stats customised tool at your disposal.