Ryanair’s Alicante bid again turned down
Spain’s Elche courts have ruled that restrictions against boarding passengers on foot at Alicante El Altet Airport must remain in place (Typically Spanish, 02-Aug-2011). Alicante said Ryanair may be able to board and disembark aircraft from the tarmac in the slower winter months, but the LCC would have to use aerobridges in summer. Ryanair argued that boarding procedures that are safe in winter are equally safe in summer and that AENA’s “test walk” carried out to assess the safety of boarding on foot was flawed. The court stated that the characteristics of the new terminal make it advisable, for safety reasons, to board the aircraft via the aerobridges.