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

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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

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