“Talks with Volotea to open a base in Asturias continue but they could go better if Aena extended the airport working hours and improved the charges” said a representative from the local Goverment in Asturias, who confirmed the airline intends to start a base in Asturias during the next summer.
If this project comes true, the main activity of the airline would go through this base in Asturias, which would gain up to ten direct routes.
The airline requires Aena to extend the working hours from the current 0730-2345 LT. As for the subventions recently announced by the Minister Ana Pastor, the local representative said it looks like a good step, but wants to read the small print. To this respect, Ryanair said they do not see a possibility to come back to Asturias. The subventions have not been officially confirmed to them and they fear they are like the previous subventions, which were referred to an only airport charge and not to all of them. Also they fear the subventions are subject to the fact that the whole Aena airport net grows.