Very soon there will be fewer cheap flights into Spain than you have been used to. Ryanair, one of the UK’s leading budget airlines has announced that not only is it reducing flights into the country on certain routes, it is also cutting some routes out altogether. No longer will you be able to fly from certain UK airports into Madrid and Barcelona.
This is because the airport taxes have risen so high it is making it impossible for the cheaper airlines to remain competitive with lower prices. The rise in taxes has also affected Easyjet who have also confirmed that they too will be reducing their flights into these airports starting this winter season.
This will not just affect the passengers who are looking for a good value for money flight to two of the most amazing cities in Europe; it will also affect staffing levels at the airport and those that rely heavily on tourism in the cities themselves. It is believed that between the two airports the reduction in flights will mean job losses for around 2000 people.
It is not the first time that Ryanair has taken such an approach to what they class as unfair airport tax hikes. Last year they cut routes to Marseille, and they have not just cut international flights. Domestic flights to Edinburgh have also been reduced due to the rising cost of landing there.
Even frequent travellers do not concern themselves with airport taxes. The price of the cost of the flight is paid, you take your flight to your chosen destination and you have a great time. Rarely does anyone consider why it is cheaper to fly to one airport than another even though they may be of equal distance away, and why some airports that are much further away can be cheaper to travel to than those closer. It is all down to airport taxes. The cost of landing the plane at that particular airport can vary greatly.
Budget airlines take advantage of many of the smaller airports as they tend to be a little cheaper to land in than their large, closer to the main city counterparts. By keeping the costs low this encourages more travellers such as those who are looking for a holiday without having to spend a lot of money. This has worked well for the budget airlines who rake in millions of pounds in profits each year. However, when tax rises like this occur, it means for an airline to continue to use that airport the ticket prices have to rise. This is bad for a business that prides itself on no-frills budget air travel.
It is not all despair for travellers though who can still save money on other parts of their holiday. Car rental for example can be very affordable in many places. Barcelona and Madrid are wonderful cities that are easily explored using car hire meaning the traveller gets to see many of the popular sights at their own pace.