Madrid air link on the way
Castellón airport has secured a link with the nation’s capital, although the ‘when’ and the ‘how often’ is yet to be determined
By Joe Wickman A LINK between the airports of Castellón and the country’s capital city will become a reality at some point.
The announcement was made late last week, when regional president Ximo Puig convinced PM Pedro Sánchez to declare the connection a Public Service Obligation (OSP), thus ensuring there will be a yet undetermined number of flights to and from Vilanova d’Alcolea.
The news was celebrated by local tourism and business sectors, aware that it will multiply the number of foreign tourists, as the vast majority of long-distance flights land in Madrid, and travellers then fly to their destination from there. Therefore, if Castellón becomes an option, it will likely entice more visitors to come to our shores.
Ashotur union president Carlos Escorihuela did downplay the news somewhat, re- minding people that “events will take place slowly and won’t happen from one day to the next”.
On the other hand, a business association spokesperson said that the new link ‘will provide dynamism to our economy and will make key sectors com- petitive’. And Provincial Tourist Board manager, Virginia Ochoa, was somewhere in the middle, explaining that it is vital to know “if there will be daily flights. In this case it would be great news, as consistency is required to strengthen tourism. Otherwise, it will be more difficult.”
The airport currently only offers flights to London Stansted, Sofia, Poznan and Bucharest two or three times a week or only during high season. A regular link with Madrid would therefore be warmly received by all sectors.
Passengers arriving at Castellón airport