from this friday april 8 the Hondarribia airport launches two weekly connections with Malaga and Seville. They will be on Tuesdays and Fridays in the afternoon.
The flights to Seville will depart on Tuesdays at 7:55 p.m., once the aircraft has flown from the San Pablo airport in Seville at 5:35 p.m. On Fridays, for its part, it will be possible to fly to the Sevillian city at 7:50 p.m. on the machine that has landed in Hondarribia at 7:25 p.m., one hour and 40 minutes after taking off. The season will run until October 7.
For Malaga there are flights available for 33 euros, although there are some later frequencies that can be obtained for 19 euros. The last one scheduled is Friday, October 7. While on Tuesdays the plane will take off at 7:15 p.m. to the capital of the Costa del Sol, on Fridays it will leave at 6:50 p.m. Flights from Malaga to Hondarribia will fly at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and at 4:40 p.m. on Fridays.
These are the new additions to the San Sebastian aerodrome, which in recent months has seen a notable increase in its service offerings. In fact, in addition to the daily connections to Madrid and Barcelona, the airport also has weekly flights to Gran Canaria, the Balearic Islands (Palma de Mallorca and Menorca), as well as the international connection with London.
This step forward in the number of services, as well as a much more competitive price policy, has allowed the airport to dream of new heights. In fact, its managers predict that “new times are coming” that will allow “the resurgence of a facility that, with its latest investments, has laid the foundations to fly to higher levels and surpass its previous records without complexes.”
The entry of five air operators now puts the focus on finding new European connections to join London and make Hondarribia an international airport. France, Germany or Amsterdam are some of the destinations that the Gipuzkoan airport does not rule out reaching, once its facilities have been prepared to meet the needs of large operators. In fact, the signing of British Airways and City Flyer, which connect Hondarribia with London, is more than interesting for Gipuzkoa, since it is a company that also operates with destinations such as Brussels or Frankfurt.
INVESTMENT IN THE LAST YEARS
The investment made in the airport in recent years has been key to making all this a reality. Gone are the 70-seater turboprops, which stopped operating in October 2020, giving way to 140- and 150-seater aircraft, such as the A319 (“Iberia’s great”) or the A320neo. For this, it was necessary to undertake the granulation of the runway and the consequent better braking, so that the large planes found a suitable habitat on the Hondarribia runway. In addition, the satellite approach system launched last September has been a key milestone in avoiding many of the diversions and cancellations suffered by the airport, so that the service has improved significantly.
The short-term objective is to reach an average of 40,000 passengers per month, which would mean an increase of 30% compared to 2019, a year that was already a record for Hondarribia.