Author Archives: José Masot

Madrid. The insider tips. Standard

Dear IATA colleagues, The lines below are not a complete guide to Madrid. They are just a collection of some information we think could be useful to you during your stay in Madrid.   Transport to/from the Conference Hotel: There is a shuttle to/from the airport and they have second shuttle to Madrid downtown (Plaza de Neptuno, close to the Museums Area and Paseo del Prado) a couple of times a day. Please have a look at the Hotel website for further information or request information once you are at the hotel. On the Hotel website you will also see information…

Rafael de Reyna, Jerez Airport Director, passed away Standard

Rafael de Reyna

We have been terribly shocked by the piece of news from Diario de Cádiz which informs that Mr. Rafael de Reyna, Jerez Airport Director since June 2011, passed away last Friday at the age of 53. Mr. De Reyna was Head of Spanish slot coordination between 1994 and 1997. We thank him very much for his labor during that time in which slot coordination in Spain was transferred from Iberia to Aena. We also thank him for his work in Jerez airport and in the other different posts he had in Aena and Enaire. Our thoughts are with him, his family and…

Canary Islands expect strong grows for winter 2014 Standard

Aircraft connected to airbridge at Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas airport / daniele paccaloni

According to the data we have just uploaded to our Customized Airport Statistics Canary Islands expect strong grows for winter 2014. If we compare the actual offered seats in winter 2013 with the current offered seats in winter 2014 based on the coordinated slots, we find heavy increases of 15-20% in most of the Canary Islands airports.Canary Islands airports are the most congested Spanish airports for next winter 2014 season. Please find below some highlights. For further information you can go into our application (only for registered clients) and make your own inquires (who operates which route, etcetera).All the figures below refer…

AECFA and New Tax starting 15th of September Standard

Aena logos at Barcelona airport / Lali Masriera

Last Tuesday 17th of June, Spanish Ministry of Fomento (Development) designated Asociación Española para la Coordinación y Facilitación de Franjas horarias (AECFA) as Slot Coordinator and Facilitator of the Spanish Airports within the Aenanet. Further to our post of 20th of January this change in the coordinator is in order to meet the European Regulation 95/93 about slot coordination in European airports which pretends an independent coordination from airlines and airports. The new association is primary made up of Aena (50%) and a number of airlines (50%): Iberia, Iberia Express, Vueling, Air Nostrum, Air Europa, Ryanair, Swiftair, Thomson Airways, Condor, Thomas Cook Airlines Ltd., Binter Canarias , Naysa and Canair The assignation of AECFA as Spanish coordinator and Mr….

Flight Consulting interview by ATC supervisor Standard

Flight Conssulting Interview in ATC Magazine

We are proud to share the Flight Consulting interview by Mr. Cayetano de Martí – ATC supervisor from the Canary Island ACC – for USCA Magazine. Please find below our free translation:   The aviation Industry is not just aircrafts and airlines. There are hundreds of activities around. Without them there would not be air transport. This is the case of Flight Consulting, a small Spanish company operating since more than twenty years ago which provides advice about all the problems behind each operation.   We think it is dramatic that a flight has to be cancelled because there is no way…

Low Cost airlines lost market in November 2013 Standard

Ryanair flight-Low Cost airlines lost market

According to hosteltur , if we compare November 2012 and 2013, Low Cost airlines lost market for first time to a total international arrivals of 48.6% versus traditional airlines which hold 51.4% of international arrivals in November. Despite a 7.7% international traffic increase scenario, low cost airlines lost market . November Low Cost airlines factor is a 72.9% while traditional airlines have a load factor of 71.3% which indicates a reduction in the gap among the two groups of airlines which usually is over 3 points.The Touristic Studies Institute highlights for November that Low Cost airlines lost market in Madrid by 18% and the increase in…

Swissport Spain calls for an indefinite time strike Standard

According to the media, Swissport Spain calls for an indefinite time strike after lack of agreement with Swissport Spain. This strike would be as from 10th August and according to the media would affect to Barcelona, Jerez, Almería, Alicante, Málaga, Fuerteventura, Valencia and Madrid cargo terminal with specific calendars, so we suggest contacting your local staff or agents for further clarify.According to the media, Unions say that Swissport is not complying with the agreed CPI increase and the agreed shifts system. On the other hand, media explain how Swissport Handling (which serves Madrid and Lanzarote airports) reached an agreement with UGT and USO Unions but not with CCOO (the other main union). Source:  

Ryanair and Easyjet lost passengers in Spain last June Standard

According to the media, both Ryanair and Easyjet lost passengers in Spain last June. If we compare June 2012 with June 2013, Ryanair has lost a 10% and Easyjet a 15%. On the other hand Vueling Airlines has increased passengers by 17% in the same period and they moved a 33% more than the total passenguers Iberia Airlines and Iberia Express moved, which in fact was a 26% less than last June 2012.Other airlines with huge passenger increases in June were: Air Europa (+11.8%), Lufthansa (+10%), and Air Berlin (+9%)In spite of their decrease, Ryanair was the airline with more passengers in Spain (3.3 million), followed byVueling Airlines (2.3 million), Iberia Airlines and Iberia Express (1.7 million), Air Europa (1.2 million), Easyjetand Air Berlin (1.1 milion each of them).