Ryanair shutting down the Girona base
It was in December, when Ryanair announced a five-year extension agreement for the Girona base. But as a result of a new Catalonian government reaching power, the deal was written off.
5 aircrafts have been relocated, 18 routes closed and 17 reduced beginning March 2011.
The new government failed to confirm the deal
Two months back, Ryanair went public with the extension agreement for its Girona base. The base should have expanded to 10 aircrafts by summer 2011. Up to 4 million passengers were expected to use the enhanced network of 64 routes.
Today, everything has changed. In a press release, Ryanair states that due to the government refusal, plans for expansion are cancelled. The new government of Catalonia didn't support the deal, despite being thoroughly consulted on it.
Girona presence to be reduced starting March
The five aircrafts, currently based at Girona Barcelona (GRO), will be relocated elsewhere in Europe. Of the 64 routes planned for 2011, 18 are cancelled completely and 17 will reduce frequencies. This in total equates 100 less weekly flights. The airline estimated over 1,700 local jobs will be lost.
Two other bases remain in the region
An another base exists for several years already at Tarragona Reus Salou (REU). In September last year, the airline opened an additional base in the region. At Barcelona's main airport Barcelona (BCN), serving about 20 routes.
Jiří Parimucha, Feb 17, 2011
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