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Brits still second market for La Palma as island expands its connections 

PAGE 16 Brits still second  market for La Palma as island expands its connections

La Palma will have 44 national and international air connections during the winter tourist season.

This is four more than in the same months of 2017-2018 and tourism councillor, Alicia Vanoostende says she antici-pates a positive trend in the growth of the number of people visiting La Isla Bonita.

“We are optimistic ahead of the winter season, we trust that the established routes will be well received in the different emitting markets so that La Palma consolidates the growth of visitors that we have had during the last years,” she said.

Germany remains the undisputed leading market for La Palma. From the German country there will be 20 flights operating with La Isla Bonita, four more than in the previous winter season and ten more than in the winter of 2015-2016. Four will be from Düsseldorf, four from Berlin, three from Hamburg, two from Frankfurt, two from Stuttgart, one from Münich, one from Nuremberg, one from Bremen, one from Hannover and one for Cologne. The airlines connecting the island with Germany will be Germania, Condor, Eurowings and Easyjet.

The second international market with the highest number of connections with La Palma will be the British one, since there will be five flights operating between the United Kingdom and La Palma, three from London and two from Manchester.

Switzerland will be better connected than ever with La Palma during the next months. Thus, two flights with Zürich are maintained and two new operations with Basel are incorporated. The Netherlands remains faithful to its long tourist relationship with La Palma and will continue to operate two flights with Brussels and one with Am-sterdam.

From the Nordic countries, the airport of La Palma will receive during this winter, as it happened in the two previous seasons, two flights from Denmark (Copenhagen and Billund) and two from Sweden (Stockholm and Goteborg). The Ministry of Tourism foresees a slight fall of the Scandinavian market after the flights with Oslo and Helsinki have been suspend-ed.

Regarding national co-nnections, during the winter season that now begins, La Palma will continue to be connected to Madrid through the airline Iberia Express, which operates every day of the week and increases its capacity by five per cent, while Vueling does the same, once a week with Barcelona.

The summer season until August has been positive for La Palma with a tourist arrival slightly higher than the previous year and in line with the good behaviour of tourism with the island in previous years.