BRITISH holidaymakers are the biggest troublemakers on flights to Spain.
According to figures published by the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency (AESA), it is the nationality that ranks first when it comes to the number of fines for bad behaviour.
The Madrid-based agency was notified of incidents involving 862 passengers last year. Of those fined (not every incident resulted in fines) 264 were British, 203 Spanish, with third-placed Germans trailing on 61. In the fourth spot was Italy (32) then Ireland (30) and France (25).
From 2017 up until March this year AESA has fined 729 people a total of just over €580,000 for behaviour deemed inappropriate while on board an aircraft.
Fines range up to €5,000 but the final bill can be much higher as disruptive passengers can be made to pay the cost of flight diversions, which can run into many thousands of euros.
An AESA spokesman said: “No problems have been detected in the payment of the fines and people can appeal their penalties.”
When it comes to holiday hotspots, the Costa Blanca’s Alicante airport – which serves Benidorm – seems to have a particular problem. Of the 186 notifications for bad behaviour, 127 involved British nationals, just 16 Spanish and 15 Irish.
This was way ahead of Palma airport’s total of 116 involving 48 Brits and 36 Germans. The Costa del Sol seems to be the destination for the best-behaved passengers with Spanish accounting for 23 notifications, ahead of the British (19).
An AESA video warns holidaymakers: “Inappropriate behaviour on board, drinking, disorderly behaviour, disregarding crew instructions, could endanger the safety of the flight and give rise to a fine of up to €5,000.
“Do not put your holidays at risk.”