Both the Granada City Hall and the Provincial Council have reached an agreement with Iberia that will keep their early flights operating from Granada.
The flights that were at risk were the early morning ones between Granada and Madrid: it takes off from the Granada at 07.00h and the return flight takes off at 20.45h. Tickets will be on sale again as of the 28th of this month but the service won’t start again until the 6th of May.
Iberia has requested permission for the flight to leave 45 minutes earlier from AENA, which is the public entity that runs all of Spain’s airports. The reason that they want to do this is so that passengers can arrive with time to catch international connections from Madrid.
The accord also contemplates promoting the city of Granada abroad via these flights in order to increase the passenger traffic.
This agreement comes as a major relief because a couple of months ago Iberia threatened to cancel these flights altogether, if it could not bring the early flight forward. The airline also wanted public subsidies to make the flights more economically attractive. The reason that Iberia couldn’t take off earlier was because the airport doesn’t open in the mornings in time.
(News: Vega de Granada, Andalucia)