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Canaries promote new Rome flights 

The Flight Development Fund run by the Canary Government has led to two new Vueling routes to Rome.

Tourism chiefs were in the Italian capital recently to promote the new service to  Fuimicino airport from Gran Canaria.

Those present included Canary president, Paulino Rivero and Spain’s ambassador in Italy, Francisco Javier Elorza among others, plus around 70 travel agents and journalists.

The Rome/Gran Canaria route started in April thanks to a subsidy of 127 ,235 euros for two years.

The new route, which could potentially transport  9,360 passengers, features a weekly flight, specifically on Saturdays, although Vueling could add further details in due course depending on demand.

In November, Vueling also introduces a route from Lanzarote to Fuimicino, with a similar subsidy. It will also operate once a week.

The initiatives represent an enormous boost for both islands as they aim to capture a bigger slice of the Italian market.