This morning, in a press conference, Ryanair announced they will start selling tickets for flights to Castellón. ElMundo and LasProvincias have just informed that José Espartero – Ryanair’s Commercial director in Spain and Portugal – explained that the airline will connect Castellón with Bristol and London-Stansted as of September. In particular, they will start Castellón-London on September 15, to operate three times a week; Castellón-Bristol will begin on September 16 and will have 2 frequencies per week.
Ryanair reckons that there are 60,000 potential passengers per year with these routes. With regard to the prices, during a period of time the tickets will cost 31.99 Euros. This will be a promotional price for the route, for flights only until December 10. They will be available between tomorrow and March 16. Espartero explained that they will reduce the prices in case the demand is poor but they aim to consolidate the route.
Castellón is a very interesting destination for tourists and, being a private airport, it has more flexibility with the airport charges than the Aena airports.
During the press conference they explained that Ryanair will increase the connections to/from Castellón in the future. “There will be more flights from Castellón to other countries”. With regard to the airline, they said they will acquire 370 more planes to reach the amount of 500 aircrafts in their fleet. During the press conference, Ryanair announced the flights to Castellón will operate year round. This is very good news in terms of reducing seasonality in the region. Likewise, Javier Moliner – President of the Provincial Deputation – said Castellón is a “hidden gem” and this is is the start of something good. He also was very strict when he confirmed that this agreement does not have any economic compensation. “Neither from the province of Castellón nor from the Council”.
Photo: Castellon Airport Terminal in November 2009 by La Veu del País Valencià – Flickr