Flying from the US and Canada to Europe will should be less expensive in 2014 if you fly to Spain. The Spanish government is slashing the tariffs paid by the airlines for using the country’s airports in a bid to boost falling air traffic in the country.
The new tariffs will be effective from January 2014. Under the new tariff rules, charges per passenger on any new additional capacity will be lowered by 75 percent while the charges for new routes will be eliminated completely.
The cuts will reverse the hike in air tariffs in Spain over the last two years, including the near doubling of charges at the country’s largest airports in Barcelona and Madrid.
Low-cost carrier easyJet closed its base in Madrid and Ryanair, another large European low-cost carrier, reduced its flights after the tariff hikes.
Air passenger traffic in Spain fell by nearly five percent in the first nine months of this year due to falling domestic traffic as a result of the ongoing slump in the country’s economy.
A sizable portion of most air fares to Europe is airport taxes and fees. With the reduction and/or elimination of these additional fees in airports in Spain, the cost of flights to Madrid or Barcelona will be significantly lower – especially compared to the cost of an airplane ticket to the higher tariff countries like the UK and Germany.
If your travel plans allow flexibility, you have the time and you’re looking for the lowest airfare, consider purchasing a flight to Spain and traveling by land to your final destination.