Two new daily Ryanair flights between Alicante and Gatwick will carry 20,000 tourists a month
On th 18th December Ryanair will begin operating a new route between London, Gatwick and Alicante. It is expected that the new route will bring up to 20,000 more visitors to Alicante every month.
The news of the new route to be operated by Ryanair, which will have two flights daily, was received with great satisfaction by Toni Mayor, the president of the Association of Hotels for the city. He said it was very good news especially in the current economic climate. He added that while other destinations and airports were decreasing their activity, Benidorm continued to be a favourite destination for British tourists. He also said that if Ryanair had decided to open this new route it was because it believed that it would be profitable for the company adding that Ryanair only operated on routes where there was high demand.
The Head of Tourism for the regional government, Angélica Such, said that the figures for the number of foreign tourists visiting the Costa Blanca this year were very positive. Such also referred to an increase of over 2% in foreign visitors to the area while the average for the rest of Spain showed declining figures. Over the last 10 years tourism in the Valencian Region has increased by 44%.
The tourist board for the Comunidad Valenciana now has its sights set on the US where it is planning a number of events to persuade more American tourists to visit this popular part of Spain. It hopes to increase the forecast of 50,000 visitors a year with the creation of new flights on the route between the Valencia and John F Kennedy airport in New York