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Tenerife notches up record for air seats 

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Tenerife has confirmed in the framework of the International Tourism Fair (Fitur) three new air connections from Israel, Russia and Ukraine.

These routes are added to forecasts for the summer that estimate an increase in air spaces with the peninsula of 8.7 per cent to reach 1,273,000 seats in the season, the highest figure in the last nine years.

President of the Cabildo, Carlos Alonso, highlighted the importance of the three new flights especially that of Israel for the first time.

The company operating this flight from next March 27th is Smartwings. It will have a plane with 189 seats and a weekly frequency (on Tuesdays). The flight will be offered both through tour operators and through direct sales, which will also allow Tenerife residents to travel to Tel Aviv by direct flight.

The flight from Russia will join Moscow and Tenerife South twice a week (Monday and Friday) and is also “great news in a market that is beginning to show evident signs of recovery,” says tourism councillor Alberto Bernabé, who specifies that “it will be operated by the S7 airline, and that it joins the one that Aeroflot already lends from the Russian capital to the island.” It will have about 180 seats with business class and will operate throughout the year.

The third flight confirmed in Fitur is the one that will connect Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, with the island as of April 30 and throughout 2018. It is a Sky-up charter flight that will have a rotation of 11 days.

The good news of the new connections confirmed at the fair is added to the fact that the island will have in the summer season of this year (April-October) 1,272,971 air places in the national market.

Provisional data at the end of 2017 analysed by the Department of Tourism Research of Tenerife suggest that 1.2 million national tourists spent their holidays on the island last year, which has meant an increase of 3 , 7 per cent compared to the figures of the previous year.