The Motril Port Authorities are fuming as, yet again, the Central Government left them in the cold when handing out money to other ports.
These funds have been assigned to guarantee sea communications with the North-African, Spanish city of Melilla. Both Málaga and Almería have been included in this aid, but not Motril, which runs a daily service with Melilla.
While these two neighbouring port have been considered as de interés público, Motril, which has the more direct route, is not.
Consequently, Motril Port Authorities have scribbled off an angry letter to the Chairman of the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de la Competencia, as this unfairly favours these two ports over Motril.
The ferry company, Armas, has the obligation to maintain a connection between Motril and Melilla, which on occasions it has not honoured; something that Motril pointed out to the Commission on the 8th of September. However, to date, nothing has been heard in reply.
The sea route between these to towns generates around 67.6m euros in passenger traffic and gives employment to 302 people in the province and 180 in Motril alone. In fact, most of the passenger traffic to and from Melilla goes through Motril because it is the shortest route and therefore the cheapest.
The aid that will be handed out by the Central Government to guarantee a maritime connection between Melilla and the peninsular is 3.7m euros, 1.8m of which go to Málaga and 1.9m go to Almería… and not a cent to Motril.
(News: Motril, Costa Tropical Granada, Andalucia)