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Islands unite to press for 75 per cent travel discount 

The Canary Islands are teaming up with the Balearics, Ceuta and Melilla to press for an increase in the residents’ travel bonus from 50 per cent to 75 per cent.

Government representatives are meeting in Palma, Mallorca this week to address the problems the islands face due to their distance from the peninsula, especially in terms of transport.

The meeting will take place at the headquarters of the Ministry of Territory, Energy and Mobility and will be the first to be held jointly by these communities and autonomous cities to address the transport problem in the non-Peninsular territories.

The first Transport Summit of Extra-Peninsular Territories, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla will take place on Wednesday and Thursday.

Officials will discuss the possibilities of obtaining more bonuses and solve the different problems of transport between the islands, as well as between the two archipelagos and the two autonomous cities with the Peninsula.

The summit will bring together the councillors responsible for the transport of the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Ceuta and Melilla and the representatives of shipping companies and major airlines.

The representatives of the business organisations most involved in air and maritime transport, such as ANAVE, will also attend as guests; the Association of Spanish Air Transport Companies (ACETA); the Spanish Association of Airlines (AECA), and the Association of Airlines (ALA).

During two days, the different delegations will analyse the transport problems that affect these territories when communicating with each other and with the peninsula.

Among the problems and measures that will be studied are the possible extension of the current subsidy in air and maritime transport, between the islands and the peninsula. The objective would be to increase the subsidy to residents from 50 per cent to 75 per cent.