Wi-Fi in Spanish airports trailing the rest Europe

Friday, September 19th, 2014

According to a study by Skyscanner the flight comparison website, the country with the worst Wi-Fi system at airports in Europe is Spain. Skyscanner states that 96% of passengers would like to have free Wi-Fi at airports.

Compared to countries like Russia and Italy whose main airports offer free unlimited Wi-Fi, as do 46% of the 50 busiest airports in Europe, passengers in Spain can only enjoy 15 minutes connected to the Wi-Fi network for free even though Spain has some of the busiest airports in Europe.

The study conducted by Skyscanner also shows that a third of travelers would only be happy to pay €1 for an hour of Wi-Fi, a price considerably lower than that established in Spanish airports of €5.50 per hour.
Essential to  be connected

The study also highlights that 71% of passengers admit that Wi-Fi is “important” or “very important” to them. They tend to use it for; talking to family and friends (33%), passing time (30 %), reading their emails (22%), accessing social networks (10%) or work related use (5%).

Given that Wi-Fi in airport terminals is really important for passengers and that costs vary depending on the airport, Skyscanner has made a guide that shows the scope of Wi-Fi in the major airports in Europe thereby providing passengers clear and useful information when traveling.

Angel Guirado head of marketing for Skyscanner in Spain said “We know that Wi-Fi in airports is a very important factor that is gaining special relevance among passengers.  So for it to not be available or being subject to excessive prices can be very frustrating for travelers who want to check their emails or downloaded a movie to watch during your flight.

The majority of the main Spanish airports at least have these 15 minutes of free Wi-Fi although it can be hard to connect during peak times. The fifteen minutes free airports are Madrid-Barajas, Barcelona-El Prat, Malaga Airport transfers, Alicante, Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Tenerife North, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Palma.

This initiative will also be provided for airports such as Bilbao, Santiago, La Coruna, Vigo, Asturias, Santander, Valencia, Sevilla, Federico García Lorca Granada Airport transfers, Jerez, Almeria, Girona-Costa Brava, Reus, Murcia-San Javier and Zaragoza.

Aeroplane makes emergency landing in Palma airport due to ill passenger

Fflying between Johannesburg and London, an aircraft landed at Son Sant Joan in the early hours of the morning and a casualty was taken to the Son Espases hospital.

An aeroplane flying between South Africa and the UK made an emergency landing last weekend at Palma airport for a medical emergency.  One passenger suffered a heart problem during the flight and the captain notified that they had to land at Son Sant Joan, where the protocol was activated for situations like these.

The aircraft landed normally and the patient was taken by ambulance to the Son Espases hospital for treatment.  The aeroplane continued on its route shortly after.  The incident occurred at about four in the morning, according to sources of Aena.

The carrier was Virgin Atlantic and the aeroplane which had taken off Friday night in Johannesburg was due to arrive in London at six o’clock the next morning, when one of its passengers fell ill flying over the Mediterranean.  The crew was alerted and reported the situation to the pilot, who informed the control tower at Palma airport.  The captain explained that they had to land in Mallorca because a person suffering a heart problem needed attention.

Palma airport activated the emergency protocol and an ambulance was dispatched by the runway.  The plane landed at four-thirty in the morning without a hitch.  The ambulance crew attended to the casualty and then transferred them to the Son Espases hospital, where they were admitted.

The Virgin Atlantic plane took off an hour later and headed back to London, where it landed a little over two hours late.


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