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Alicante’s T3 and Castellon Airport open

31-Mar-2011

On almost the same day Alicante Airport’s Terminal 3 – effectively Terminal 1 as the first two terminals closed – and the new airport at Castellon, north of Valencia, opened; although the Castellon airport will not host flights for some time. Alicante is operated by AENA, the world’s largest airport operator and currently edging its way through the first stages of its privatisation exercise, while Castellon is funded partly from the private sector; still only one of a handful in the country. These coastal airports make an interesting contrast. [2172 words]

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Subheadings:

  • Crowded conditions
  • ‘No option’ but to put ticket prices up, Ryanair
  • Alternatives are few and far between
  • Growth driven by LCCs
  • Castellon Airport – a 13-year project
  • Unwelcome comparisons
  • Perception of some AENA airports at risk

Graphs and data:

  • Alicante Airport passenger numbers and passenger numbers growth: Jan-2010 to Feb-2011
  • Valencia Airport passenger numbers and passenger numbers growth: Jan-2010 to Feb-2011
  • Alicante Airport’s new terminal
  • Castellon Airport’s empty terminal awaits its first passengers
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