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Seven Spanish airports to charge a euro for using luggage trolleys
They intend to start doing so in Madrid's Barajas airport and then gradually extend the move to six other airports.
These will include Tenerife South, Alicante, Barcelona's El Prat airport, Palma de Mallorca, Málaga and Gran Canaria – all the major flight destinations for Spain's most popular holiday resort towns.
The State-run airline governing body, AENA, says this is part of a plan to claw back 3.2 million euros and clear its debts.
It has defended the decision by saying Madrid airport's luggage trolleys currently cost 3.7 million euros a year to maintain, but this will reduce to 500,000 euros if they charge per use – a saving of 3.2 million.
And the same action has been taken in other European airports already, including Germany's Hahn, Munich, Cologne and Düsseldorf; Italy's Milan, Genoa, Torino and Rome-Fiumicino, and Athens.
Also, a euro per trolley remains considerably less than the charge made in certain UK airports, including Manchester, Bristol, Luton, Birmingham, Leeds and Cardiff, where it costs between one and two pounds a time.
One in four airports worldwide charge for the use of luggage trolleys, particularly those in the USA where the price is as high as 1.50 to four dollars (1.19 to 3.18 euros).
An exact timescale for the charges to be implemented has not yet been decided upon.
Photograph: Madrid's Barajas airport, Terminal 4
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