Spanish airline Clickair to ground 7-8 planes


MADRID – Spanish airline Iberia’s low-cost affiliate Clickair will ground seven or eight planes due to expected weak demand during the winter season, a spokesman for the airline said on Thursday.

“Data from (airports operator) Aena shows that Barcelona’s El Prat airport has seen a notable decline in traffic,” a Clickair spokesman said, noting that the carrier will be operating 17 or 18 planes compared with 25 currently.

Clickair, which is in the midst of a merger with Spanish low-cost peer Vueling has its base at Barcelona Airport.

Clickair has yet to determine the impact of the fleet reduction on its workforce, but is trying to minimise job cuts by leasing out planes with their crews to other carriers, the spokesman said.