29-Jun-2012 12:28 PM

Spain outlines Airport Efficiency Plan for airports handling under 500,000 passengers p/a

Spain's Minister of Development Ana Pastor presented (28-Jun-2012) an Airport Efficiency Plan covering 17 airports and two heliports which handle less than 500,000 passengers p/a. Under the plan, all airports in the AENA network remain operational, although there will be a reduction in operating hours of these airports of 2002 hours per week to 725 hours per week. The aim is to reduce losses by half, from a combed EBITDA loss of EUR66 million in 2011 to a target EBITDA loss of EUR33 million at the end of 2013. The plan is also designed to enable airports to adapt instantly to any new route, with AENA negotiating with trade unions to ensure flexibility in operations. The airports that are included in the plan are: Valladolid, Melilla, San Sebastian, Pamplona, Leon, Badajoz, Salamanca, Burgos, Vitoria, Madrid-Torrejón, Logroño-Agoncillo, Albacete, Huesca-Pyrenees, Cordoba, Madrid-Cuatro Vientos, Sabadell and Son Bonet and heliports in Ceuta and Algeciras. The plan, tailor-made for each airport, involves the adjusting of the schedule for services in two distinct bands, distinguishing between commercial passenger services and general aviation, and ensuing that services (including rescue and fire fighting services, maintenance, security and cleaning) are not provided in bands where no passengers are present. The plan also seeks to increase management efficiency of the airport through economies of scale in joint purchasing and procurement of common services. [more - original PR - Spanish]

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