El Altet airport at Alicante had 10% fewer passengers in January compared to last year and 20.2% fewer flights. Cargo flights also dropped by 10.9 percent at El Altet.
The biggest problem for El Altet has been the loss of flights by the budget airline, Ryanair who cancelled 20 routes from the airport because of the instance by Aena that they must use air bridges to load and off load passengers. Summer looks as though it could be even worse because Ryanair threatens to cut 300 flights per month during the peak period.
To put these figures into perspective, flights to and from Spain during January dropped by 2.9% overall in comparison with last year.