Alicante’s links with Scandinavian countries have been reinforced over the Christmas-New Year festive period, with new routes serviced by SAS.
In all, the airline company is offering 129 routes to 82 destinations, including major cities and popular tourist destinations such as Alicante – thus filling some of the scheduling gaps caused by Norwegian Air’s crisis.
SAS has expanded its holiday season services to Alicante-Elche Airport from Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo, and plans to continue through January and into February.
The traffic program has been reduced compared with a normal year, and fewer tickets are available than usual, so SAS is urging customers to plan their travel well in advance to ensure they can obtain tickets for their preferred departures. The company also notes that “the traffic program may be amended if travel restrictions are introduced which indicate that routes should be cancelled”.
New Ryanair Base at Venice Treviso Links Up with Alicante
Alicante is scheduled to be included on Ryanair’s expanded Veneto region schedule in 2021, following the low-cost airline company’s announcement of a new base at Venice Treviso.
Due to open on 30 March, the base will have two aircraft and offer 45 routes connecting Venice Treviso (the mostly low-cost airline alternative to Marco Polo Airport) domestically and internationally to over 20 countries across Europe – including Spain, and specifically Alicante-Elche Airport.
“We are delighted to launch our 15th Italian base, which represents a $200 million investment at Ryanair’s Venice Treviso Airport,” said Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson. “With the recent encouraging news that vaccines will soon be available, we are pleased to continue delivering growth to the region despite the current challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we need to start now on the road to recovery.”
Guinness Record for Alicante Nativity Scene
Alicante city’s Christmas “belén” scene in the town hall square has been officially confirmed as having the highest nativity figurines in the world. Guinness World Records official judge Lena Kulhmann confirmed the certification by video, during a ceremony presided over by Alicante mayor Luis Barcala and deputy mayoress María Carmen Sánchez. The “La Sagrada” figurines rise to a combined height of 56.02 metres, beating the record previously held since 1992 by a nativity scene in Monterrey (28.58 metres).