12-May-2011 1:03 PM

Ryanair appeal against Alicante’s aerobridges turned down

Ryanair’s appeal against being required to use aerobridges at Alicante El Altet Airport has been turned down by a mercantile court in Elche, Spain (Typically Spanish, 11-May-2011). New rules implemented by AENA require airlines to use aerobridges for passenger access to and from aircraft at the new terminal at Alicante. The LCC states using the facilities will cost it EUR2 per passenger and has threatened to reduce capacity by 80% at its Alicante base unless AENA reverses the decision. The Court has, however, asked AENA to reconsider whether the aerobridges are necessary and to consider allowing Ryanair passengers to embark and disembark on foot.