Ryanair may be forced to close its Valencia base following the “failure of Regional Government (Conselleria de Turisme) to reply to Ryanair’s proposal on how to ensure the continued growth of passengers at Valencia and their repeated failure to meet with Ryanair.“Ryanair has set a deadline of this coming Friday, 17th October for a response from the Government before it makes its final decision on the future of its base at Valencia airport.
Since Ryanair began flying to Valencia in 2004 passenger numbers have increased each year. Ryanair currently operates 22 international routes to and from Valencia, all of which are at risk if Ryanair must close all operations to/from Valencia.
Speaking today, Ryanair’s Deputy Chief Executive, Michael Cawley, said:
“Ryanair has once again proven that it is the lowest fares, best punctuality and fewest lost bags that passengers really want. That is why over one and a half million passengers will choose Ryanair this year to travel to/from Valencia. It is madness that the Regional Government is risking the livelihoods of the tourism industry by ignoring our repeated attempts to meet with them.
“Ryanair calls on the Regional Government of Valencia to act in the best interest of all those living and working in Valencia and to meet with Ryanair to agree the terms under which we can continue to grow traffic and passenger numbers with all its consequential economic and social benefits”.