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More air routes for Tenerife brings optimism for 2018 

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The International Tourism Fair (Fitur) brought more good news on air connectivity for Tenerife in 2018.

Following confirmation of three new direct flights from Tel Aviv, Moscow and Kiev, operated by Smartwings, S7 and Sky-up respectively, other companies have announced increase of frequencies: Vueling from different peninsular airports and Finnair from Helsinki.

The president of the Cabildo, Carlos Alonso, said Vueling’s commitment confirms “the good prospects we have for this year in relation to the national market.”

He pointed out that in addition to the increase in frequencies, Vueling has launched a new route from Granada and Norwegian adds a new connection from Alicante “which makes us very optimistic about the number of visitors we will receive in 2018 with respect to 2017 and that stood at 1.2 million tourists, 3.7 per cent more than the previous year. “

Vueling will increase its frequencies next summer from Barcelona, Bilbao and Seville with the Tenerife North airport. It also maintains connections from Malaga and Santiago de Compostela with the same island airport. With Tenerife Sur (in addition to the new route already announced from Granada), it will continue to operate from La Coruña, Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga, Valencia and Zaragoza. The airline also links the island with other European cities, such as Lyon, Paris, Nantes, Rome and Zurich.

The insular councillor of tourism, Alberto Bernabé said Finnair is another of the companies that increase frequencies with the island, “in this case from Helsinki with Tenerife North for the winter season 2018/2019, a route that also offers in the current winter season although from Tenerife South “.