Urgent plea for La Gomera to have more air routes
The Spanish Governent has been asked to intervene following La Gomera’s “extreme disappointment” that an air service with Gran Canaria will once again only operate between July 1st and September.
The airline Binter is making the same arrangement as last year but the Cabildo says it is insufficient and should operate throughout the year.
Acting president , Casimiro Curbelo, described said: “We rejected this last year because it is not the real solution to the problem of connectivity we suffer from.”
He insisted that this connection should be maintained throughout the year, recalling the agreement reached both in the Parliament of the Canary Islands and in the Cabildo for the State to modify the Public Service Obligation (OSP) in such a way that it fixed the service direct between both islands 365 days.
“We have to keep raising our voice for this situation. We asked to return to a service that was provided between 2007 and 2009, with which it was possible to travel to Gran Canaria in just 40 minutes,” he said.
He said a letter has already been forwarded to the Ministry of Development to cover this demand. However, he regrett-ed that there was not yet an answer to the petition. “Living on a non-capital island already involves mobility difficulties but if we add the absence of routes, the draw-backs are increasing both for residents and tourists,” he said.
Sr. Curbelo reiterated the need for better schedules and frequencies, as well as stud-ying the opening of other routes with the rest of the islands. “If we want to have an airport infrastructure that is, in fact, a leading public service, we need more connections and better schedules. It is incon-ceivable that the first flight leaves the island at 10.30am,” he criticised.