|New flights to Alhambra, Granada thanks to Hispania Airways|
|Wednesday, 03 October 2012 15:42|
A new Spanish airline, Hispania Airways, announced they will be launching flights to Granada, Spain, making Alhambra even more accessible to visitors across Europe.
Hispania Airways, based at Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén Airport, will be introducing flights from Barcelona, London, Madrid, Paris and Rome, starting on 6th December. Flights to Tenerife, Las Palmas, Lisbon and Marrakech are also planned for the near future.
The airline says it will deliberately not try to position itself as "low cost" (the price from London to Granada on the inaugural flight is over £100 one way), but will focus on "recuperating original aviation industry values". Meanwhile, consumer website Budget Airline Watch questions the survival of the airline, saying "at a time when Spanish airports are struggling to make a profit, what does the future hold for Granada Airport". The article quotes the example of Monarch and Ryanair, which both run flights from the UK to Granada and pulled out in 2007 and 2010 respectively.
Part fortress (the Alcazaba), part palace (Palacios Nazaries), part garden (the Generalife) and part government city (the Medina), Alhambra, just south of Granada is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Spain's most visited monuments, with many visitors coming to Granada expressly to see the Alhambra. The last Moorish stronghold in Europe, the Alhambra reflects the splendor of Moorish civilization in Andalusia and offers the visitor splendid ornamental architecture, spectacular and lush gardens, cascading and dripping water features, and breathtaking views of the city. (Source: Wikitravel)