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Only five thousand passengers used Beja Airport in two years

by TPN/Lusa, in News · 18-04-2013 10:25:00 · 2 Comments

Since its inauguration in 2011 Beja Airport has processed 5,044 passengers, a figure airport authority ANA considers “positive” despite the forecast that a more “interesting” volume of traffic will only be seen in 2017/2018.

Only five thousand passengers used Beja Airport in two years

After starting operations two years ago, on 13 April 2011 Beja Airport, has seen 160 aircraft come and go, these being 110 charter flights, 48 private or executive flights, and two cargo flights.
Nonetheless, airport manager ANA – Airports of Portugal describe the activity over the past two years as “positive” and say “the perspectives for development in all areas of the business are positive” even though the volume of passenger traffic will “only” reach “interesting levels from 2017/2018.”
A source from ANA told Lusa that, regarding cargo, “the current ongoing proactive actions could lead to important results in the short term.”
The source admitted that contacts with operators have “multiplied”, one of which resulted in a deal between ANA and international logistics company UTi.
Following the deal UTi opened an office in Beja Airport and, on 27 March, carried out its first operation from that infrastructure.
Also under the agreement with UTi “developments within the matter of non-regular charter flights” are foreseen, which “could eventually lead to the basing of an airline” at Beja.
The consequences of deals being drawn up between ANA and companies Aeromec and TAP “will be determining for the development” of Beja Airport’s aeronautical industry, it was said.
Negotiations with Aeromec foresee the construction of a maintenance hangar at Beja, in an investment that could reach €14 million and create around 150 jobs.
The construction of a hangar for Aeromec was originally predicted for the second half of 2012 but, according to the ANA source, “the country’s financial situation” caused the investment to be postponed and as yet there is no date has been scheduled for work to commence.
An agreement with TAP could see the national airline rent aprons to park its planes on, where they will also be given a “preliminary” maintenance before a more “deeper” maintenance at their hub in Lisbon.
TAP and ANA are working hard so that, “soon”, Beja Airport “can start receiving” the aircraft as part of the deal between the two companies.
In 2011, 22 charter flights between Beja and London were carried out by British tour operator Sunvil, which carried 807 passengers.
That same year ANA and the Vila Vita group signed an agreement that aimed to fly charter flights between Beja and Germany, which “happen at regular periods.”
But for the most part, since Beja International Airport was launched following the conversion of Civil Air Base No.11, it has remained practically empty and, according to Lusa, most days is without flights or passengers.
In 2012, Lisbon airport processed more than 15 million passengers; Faro waved off and welcomed some 5.6 million passengers, while Oporto’s Sá Carneiro saw 6 million travellers pass through its doors.

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The Director of Portugal Tourism has announced that Aigle Azur will be operating weekly flights into Beja from Paris, France, in 2014, starting on 12 April and ending in October.
by Rui da Silva from UK on 19-10-2013 07:27:00
Surely their forecast is for 2017/2018 we have to wait... can't expect an airport in the middle of nowhere to be booming with flights anyway.
by CAS from UK on 13-09-2013 02:24:00

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