Ryanair has released details of AENA Alicante's record traffic losses from November to March.
The period covers the first five months since Ryanair cut its flights and schedules at Alicante following AENA's imposition of airbridge use, and increased Ryanair's charges at Alicante Airport.
Ryanair says the figures show that AENA Alicante has lost a record 236,000 passengers in the last five months and while Ryanair accounts for 204,000 of this traffic loss, Alicante's other airlines have also cut their traffic by over 32,000 passengers.
Ryanair said that contrary to AENA Alicante's previous claims that 'other airlines' would make up the loss of Ryanair traffic, AENA Alicante and its high charges are turning away not just Ryanair's low fare passengers, but also the traffic of other airlines.
Ryanair's Stephen McNamara said: "Ryanair predicted that AENA Alicante would lose traffic and jobs as a result of these unnecessary airbridges and airbridge fees, whereas AENA claimed that other airlines would make up for Ryanair's traffic loss.
"What these figures show is that AENA has lost more than 200,000 Ryanair passengers in five months, but also a further 30,000 passengers from other airlines.
"This is another example of AENA mismanaging Alicante Airport.
"Routes, passengers and jobs are being lost solely because AENA wants to impose unnecessary airbridge use and fees on low cost airlines at Alicante who don't wish to use them.
"It is not too late for Alicante to withdraw this airbridge policy and allow Ryanair to return to walk on/walk off boarding procedures which applied to all Ryanair flights at Alicante from 2007 until 2011.
"If they don't, then AENA Alicante will continue to lose routes, traffic and jobs through their own mismanagement."
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