It’s been a tricky few months for the airline industry with Ryanair’s cancellations, Norwegian cutting routes and Monarch going bust and some of our visitors who are considering travelling over here to sunny Spain are expressing concern about how they can get here now that Monarch is no longer around.
Please don’t worry, there are so many airlines flying into Malaga airport, with regular flights and excellent value tickets and so your sunshine holiday is still as easy to reach! In fact there are predictions that airline seats will actually increase this winter compared to last year, despite airline closures.
According to CAPA Centre for Aviation “Growth in airline seats from Europe will accelerate to 7.2% in winter 2017/2018, versus 5.7% last winter” which represents the highest winter growth for 10 years. They expect that capacity from Monarch and Airberlin will be reallocated to other providers who are vying for the business.
Malaga in particular is still a very important hub and has seen increasing passenger numbers throughout the year. Malaga airport offers flights to over 100 destinations in 25 countries! It is served by a large number of airlines which connect travellers in the UK, Northern Ireland, Europe and Scandinavia to the amazing destinations on the Costa del Sol with regular low-cost flights. The airlines flying direct from the UK include British Airways, EasyJet, TUI, Ryanair, Vueling, Flybe, Norwegian and Jet2. BA is one of the airlines negotiating to take over Monarch’s routes, and we expect news of this soon.
From outside the UK there are flights with KLM, TAP Air Portugal, Smart Wings, Air France, Aer Lingus, Iberia, eurowings, Lufthansa and many more. Routes have been increasing over the last few years, with more flights going into Gibraltar due to demand, and EasyJet and Jet2 increasing their routes and seats from the UK to Spain, so there is growth in this sector. For example, SAS Airlines have just announced that they will be flying from Malmo in Sweden direct into Malaga once a week in the winter and three times a week in the summer months. We expect more airlines to make similar announcements to take advantage of Monarch’s absence.
If you are still concerned, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself from the effects of any further airline bankruptcy.
- Book flights which are ATOL protected
- Use a credit card to make your purchase
- Look into travel insurance which would cover you in the event of the airline going bust. Make sure you read the Ts & Cs, as not all travel insurance does this.
With these safeguards in place, book your holiday and look forward to coming to see us on the Costa del Sol. Check out our stunning Costa del Sol holiday rentals and start dreaming of your next holiday!