The company had already doubled the length of free WiFi access to 30 minutes at all its airports in December indefinitely, also doubling connection speed and reducing the cost of the 'Premium' service to 1.50 euros per hour.
Aena will continue to offer the 'Premium' service for a surcharge to customers who request it, with higher speeds of access and additional services.
According to a report by Kubi Wireless – a company integrated in the Eurona Telecom Group and the current holder of the concession to operate internet access via WiFi in Aena airports – consumption in the Spanish airport network soared in 2014 reached a peak in the summer months, highlighting especially Madrid (+ 85%) and Barcelona (+ 68%). 'Premium' WiFi also grew 21% last year.
The technology firm points out that the cost of this service is the "most competitive" in Europe, as opposed to other comparable airports such as Heathrow, Charles de Gaulle, Berlin-Tegel, Brussels, Amsterdam and Lisbon.
Temporarily, all Spanish airports lowered their price from 4.5 euros to 1.5 euros, compared to rates of these airports ranging from 3.8 euros per hour at Heathrow or Dusseldorf to 6 euros per half an hour in Brussels or 5.9 euros for all Paris airports.
In this regard, it was reminded that there is the possibility of booking airport parking, hiring access to the VIP lounge, or finding information on any of the airport services.
- Total revenues increased to 675.2 million, up 14.6%, driven by traffic performance and strong growth in commercial revenues (16% more than in the same period of 2014).
- The growth trend in passenger traffic is consolidated, reaching 37.3 million in the first three months of 2015, an increase of 6.2% over the same period in 2014.
- Improvement in revenues and maintenance of efficiency enables the company to close the first quarter with a net profit of 12.2 million euros (121.6% more than in the same period of 2014).
Aena SA, the leading airport operator in the world by number of passengers and a listed company since last February 11, has achieved a gross operating profit (EBITDA) of 226.4 million euros, up 27.2% on last year.
The strong growth in the EBITDA is due to the consolidation of air traffic, which in the first quarter of 2015 was 6.2% more than in the same period of 2014, driven by both domestic and international traffic; further supported by solid growth in commercial revenues (both inside and outside terminal) (16%), the maintenance of cost efficiency,
and the consolidation of Luton Airport (8.9 million euros of EBITDA).
The total revenues reported by Aena in the first quarter of 2015 increased to 675.2 million euros, representing an increase of 14.6% over 2014, 26.7% of which are commercial revenues.
The effort in cost reduction carried out in recent years is reflected in the maintenance of efficiency in the first quarter (operating expenses, excluding Luton, + 0.9%).
The net profit for the year amounted to 12.2 million euros in the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 121.6% over the same period of 2014. In the period deductions for investments amounting to 34.4, million euros have been recorded, and as a result of the takeover of Luton the results have been proceeded to be consolidated through global
Debt reduction during the first quarter of 2015 is linked to cash flow generation and quarterly debt repayment to the amount of 271 million. Net Financial Debt (1) as of March 31, 2015, amounted to 10,430 million euros compared to 10.733 million euros at the end of 2014.
The investment paid during the first quarter of 2015 amounted to 32.2 million euros, including 3.1 million euros from Luton.
Group sales in Spain rose 12% last year, when average growth in the
sector stood at 3.2%.
The multinational BASF has confirmed its commitment to its site in Tarragona, the largest that the company has in Southern Europe, with an investment of 21 million euros to open a new line in the agrochemical plant. The new production centre will be operational by the end of 2016 and will involve the creation of 30 new jobs.
The announcement of this new plant involves expanding the production of liquid fungicides in Tarragona – where more than 60 varieties of the producers are currently manufactured – by 25%. Beyond the investment, one of the most important in recent years, the head of BASF's activities in Southern Europe and CEO of BASF in Spain, Erwin Rauhe, emphasizes the strategic commitment of the company, which has plants in 80 countries, to this site, "It means that in Tarragona we have the know-how, a highly qualified workforce, and we have the ability to continue growing; the fact that the latest generation of crop protection products is manufactured here is a feat for our Spanish plant".
The announcement of the new investment coincides with the publication of the results of BASF Spain in 2014, when sales reached 1,194 million euros (they were 1,069 million in 2013). The 12% increase is significantly higher than the sector overall which was 3.2% according to the Spanish Federation of Chemical Industries (Feique).
The business of the Coatings division, dedicated mainly to the production of paints and
coatings for the automotive industry has meant a major contribution to this growth. "These results are explained in part by the recovery in consumption and increased domestic demand and the upward trend in industries such as the automotive industry", explained Rauhe. It has resulted in increased sales in the domestic market thus reaching figures very similar to those recorded in 2008, before the crisis.
Ana Pastor announced (06-05-2015) that her department is working alongside Iberia so that the airline can recover the direct connection between Spain and Japan, a route that operated during the 90s.
"It would be a very important connection for tourism and for Spanish companies, which is why we are working together", said the head of the department of Public Works.
The major changes experienced by the airline in recent years, with the reduction of its cost base and the purchase of the new fleet of aircraft (8 A330 models and another 8 A350) enable it to study the opening of connections to South America, its favourite region, North Africa, and Asia, as its management has pointed out on multiple occasions. For now, they have not clarified what the new routes might be.
The project of installing wifi on stations will start in June in Barcelona and Getafe.
The Government has made the development of the network of nearby, one of the most used by the Spanish public transport services but low economic profitability, in its new commitment to the infrastructure sector during the last phase of the legislature. The Minister of development, Ana Pastor, advanced that the Government will conduct an investment until 2018 1257.7 million euros to boost this means of transport., which sill be allocated both to the improvement of infrastructure and trains. According to the owner of this ministerial department, it is the largest investment that has rushed into nearby since the beginning of the service two decades ago.
The President of RENFE, Pablo Vàzquez, had already pointed out that it completed, nest to ADIF (the administered railway infrastructure), a national plant to improve the quality of the service of urban train, carrying 400 million passengers each year. The railway operator had marked as a reference model of the high speed train, so suburban trains "work as wll as the AVE".
In particular, according to specified the Minister in its intervention during "Forum five days" ADIF will invest 1.00,4 million euros and RENFE, 257.3 million. The new plan will include the Elimination of steps to level, modernization of the trains, new payment systems and the installation of wifi on stations. The list that will have networks if wireless internet, starting from the moth on June, will be the Plaça de Catalunya, in Barcelona, and Getafe, starting form the month, they will spread in the rest of Spain.
These improvements will be supplemented by the reinforcement of information panels, the renewal of the PA system and new mobile applications to meet timetables, trains traffic, and even purchase tickets. It will also create a loyalty card.
Increase traffic promotion is confident that all these measures will allow you to increase the number of travellers by 22 million. Last year, these services received 405.3 million travellers, the lowest figure since 2005, according to statistics from the Ministry of public works. Cities, most of the investment will focus a Barcelona (400 million), which has 3500.000 users a day. Madrid meanwhile, which accounted for 800.00 daily passengers will receive an invest of 167 million. The PSOE denies that he Endowment is the largest historical series, since in the 2008-2011 legislature-assures-was 2.519 million euros.
At the moment, in the whole of the railway network, both in urban services such as long-distance, passengers traffic continues to rise: during the first four months of the year, the number of users of commercial services grew 9.1% compared to the same period in 2014 and a 31.2% compared to 2011. A trend of progress on several fronts, which is also reflected in air traffic. In the first quarter, AENA airports 54.1 million passengers, 5.2% more than during the previous year. During the month of April, Barcelona El Prat airport is expected grow above 4%.
Shepherd also confirmed that the legal department of AENA and the Ministry of development study to appeal the decision of the National Commission of the markets and the competition (CNMC), which obliges the company to lowe rates between 2% and 3% from 2016.
Source: abc / flytobarcelona/2015-05-07
Air China presented in Madrid on Tuesday May 5th its programme, "For the future of Spain and China, Let’s fly together" with the aim of collaborating with Spanish companies and institutions to promote the development of relations between the two countries.
The main objective of the plan is to lay a foundation for future cooperation between Air China, the Chinese Embassy, the China Tourism Bureau in Spain and Spanish companies and institutions interested in generating economic or cultural exchanges between the two countries. The programme includes special conditions for its Spanish partners and the support of the Chinese airline for mutually beneficial projects and initiatives between Spain and China, ranging from attracting Chinese tourism to Spain or from Spain to China, to the exchange of students, government delegations and trade missions.
The Chinese state-owned airline is the only airline with direct flights between Spain and China, with passenger routes from Madrid and Barcelona to Beijing, and a logistics centre for freight transport in Zaragoza. The general manager of Air China in Spain, Peter Han, said that they will continue to work to launch new flights to encourage tourism, trade and cultural exchange between Spain and China: "From Air China, we will endeavour to continue to increase the flights between Spain and China that make us a little closer every day".
"Obviously something fundamental, so that there will be more economic and cultural exchanges between our two countries, is for increasingly more Spaniards to go to China, and Chinese to come to Spain. We are available to institutions, companies and the media to collaborate on projects that will help to create mutually beneficial exchanges between our two countries", said Han.
The event was presented by Carlos Sentís, Director General of Henkuai and featured presentations by Peter Han, Director General of Air China Spain, Carmen Cárdeno, Director General of Domestic Trade of Spain, Chen Yuming, Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy China in Spain, Zhang Zhiyun, Director of the national Tourist
Office of China in Spain, Antonio Lopez de Avila, president of Segitur, and Zhang Yinghui, director of Air China Barcelona.
Among those attending were outstanding representatives of companies and institutions like the World Tourism Organization, Madrid Destination, Madrid, Valencia Tourism, Provincial Government of Segovia, Telefonica, Tecnicas Reunidas, World Travel and Tourism Council, Repsol, Mapfre Group Posts ICBC, ZTE, Huawei and Wanda, among others..
Air China, which recently signed a cooperation agreement with Renfe to offer greater connectivity in Spain, continues its plan to expand its air traffic network to cover all Europe. Currently, Air China offers a total of 18 routes and 252 weekly flights to Central Europe, with 19 major European city destinations, including, among others, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Rome, Moscow, Barcelona, and Madrid.
Air China has been awarded twice by the Spain-China Council Foundation for its contribution to the development of bilateral relations. The Chinese multinational is a member of Star Alliance and is one of the 500 most valuable brands in the world, with a value amounting to 13,000 million euros.
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Barcelona Air Route Development Committee
promotes Barcelona Airport intercontinental flights
The airport noted (12-May-2015) passenger traffic on EU services were the fastest growing with a growth of 7.8%. Intercontinental traffic increased 2.5% and non-EU international traffic fell 0.5% while domestic passengers increased 1.6%.
Air France-KLM, British Airways and Iberia have 14 exclusive counters in this area to check-in the luggage of passengers arriving in the city on a cruise and then traveling by plane to other destinations. The airport has also enabled security checkpoints in the regional flights and air shuttle area to speed up access to the boarding area.
The operation aimed at cruise passengers also includes assistance for People with Reduced Mobility (PRM). In the Intermodal lobby there is a desk with staff to permanently meet the demands of users.
The PRM assistance service consists of accompanying passengers during the process of check-in and security checks to their seat on the plane. On arrival at the destination, they will be helped to disembark and collect their baggage to the extent agreed.
Statistical data in 2014
Last year, nearly 15,550 cruise passengers used the special check-in operation at Barcelona-El Prat Airport, with the months of June and August as the busiest, with 3,364 and 3,813 users, respectively.
In operation since 2008
The collaboration between port and airport began in 2008 when Delta offered a dock-side check-in service for cruise passengers arriving in Barcelona and then flying to the United States.
Already in 2010, with terminal T1 in operation, the check-in procedure for cruise passengers was extended by preparing the railway hall of the airport for users who were arriving by ship and then leaving by air.
-On Sunday a helicopter air shuttle will be established linking both airports with the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit.
Coinciding with the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix to be held this weekend at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, the Airports of Barcelona-El Prat and Girona-Costa Brava will become the operational base for the transfer of celebrities, drivers and fans.
These days, both airports are planning to operate a total of 151 private flights, counting
arrivals and departures. However, due to the characteristics of this type of aviation in which operations are scheduled at short notice, this figure will be increased over the weekend.
Girona-Costa Brava Airport expects to record from today May 7th to May 11th, a total of 77 corporate aviation movements related to Formula 1 racing, 36 of which are arrivals and 32 departures. Thursday is the day of arrival with most operations at the airport, with a total of 16, and Sunday is the busiest day of departures with 22 take-offs. Most aircraft come from Italy and the UK.
Meanwhile, Barcelona-El Prat Airport expects to operate a total of 74 movements, 35 arrivals and 39 departures between tomorrow, Friday, May 8th, and Monday 11th. The private jets come mainly from European countries such as Austria, Germany, France and the UK.
The day with the largest volume of arrivals is Friday May 8th, with 22 operations of this type, while the largest number of departures will be recorded on Monday May 11th, with 19 flights.
Air Canada has decided to operate between its flight Barcelona and Toronto throughout the year. The other flight of the Montreal company between Barcelona and will continue to
operate during the summer months.
The airline Air Canada has confirmed that it will operate the Barcelona-Toronto flight throughout the year, so far it was available only in the summer months.
Thus, from 1 November this year, passengers will have an initial frequency of three flights
a week (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday) to the Canadian city. The airline will
operate these flights with Boeing 767.
As for the other flight the company offers from Barcelona-El Prat airport, in this case to
Montreal, it will continue to operate during the summer months.
Air Canada, founded in 1937, is the Canadian national airline, offering both scheduled and
charter flights to 175 destinations worldwide with a fleet of 200 aircraft, transporting around 35 million passengers a year.