Ryanair has taken a stand against the doubling of airport taxes in Spain by withdrawing a large number of flights to the country.
It is not the first airline to make such a bold move, last month Easyjet announced the closure of its Madrid base and a cut in 7% of flights to the country due to the higher charges.
Ryanair will axe 11 routes to Madrid, including those from Manchester, a major UK hub. It will also cut four routes to Barcelona, which will include those from East Midlands and Leeds Bradford. In addition to this, it will reduce frequency of routes from Barcelona to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Liverpool.
From November, it will base three fewer aircraft at Madrid and two fewer at Barcelona’s El Prat airport. The decision is in response to airport departure taxes being doubled from 1st July.
Spain is such a popular destination for budget holidays, will much less flights and availability make you reconsider visiting Spain in favour of somewhere else? What do you think this will do to the Spanish tourism industry? Please post your comments below.