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After announcing only 6 weeks ago that they were looking at all options, Low Costa Carrier Ryanair have now announced that they will soon be operating regular flights from UK, German and Swedish destinations into Castellon.

Sources say that executives of the airline have made several visits to the airport to see the facilities first hand. First opened in March 2011, to date they have only hosted charter flights carrying football teams Villarreal and Barcelona.

Castellon is perhaps the most infamous ‘white elephant’ littering the Spanish Landscape after the collapse of the country’s property bubble and the introduction of regular operations by the main budget airline in the world would be a quantum leap for the airport managed by Canadian multinational SNC-Lavalin.

They say that their goal is the handling of 250 flights and 35,000 passengers this year which, in order to take advantage of the tourist traffic, they hope they can get underway as early as Easter.

The announcement by Ryanair will have a major effect on a number of other airlines which it is understood are also considering the airport’s use

The Irish airline has never hidden it’s interest in operating from Castellón, noting the clear tourism potential which they say is similar to the other areas of the Spanish Mediterranean.

Progress seems to have intensified following the FITUR Exhibition held recently in Madrid with SNC-Lavalin noting they have ongoing negotiations with other companies wishing to use the facility. They say that by 2019 they fully expect to be handling 3,200 flights and 450,000 passengers at Castellon which they say is due in no small part to the efforts of the airport director, Alain Russel, and the President of the Province of Castellón, Javier Moliner,

Ryanair Sales and Marketing Director for Spain and Portugal, José Espartero, said that the airline will start operating two routes from Castellón into Stansted, London and Bristol airports from September – December with rates starting at 31.99 euros

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