Flight development fund backs new route to France
The Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce of the Government of the Canary Islands has awarded a new air route through the Flight Development Fund.
The Volotea company has been the beneficiary of this incentive to link the airports of the French city of Marseille and Tenerife South with a weekly flight. At present, it was already flying from Marseille to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura and transported a total of 77,217 passengers in 2019, 25.6% more than the previous year.
The Minister of Tourism, Yaiza Castilla, congratulates those responsible for the airline for this award “which will allow the Canary Islands to have an additional 9,000 additional annual seats, which will contribute to improving regular connectivity from the French market.”
“The promotional efforts are worth nothing if air transport becomes a bottleneck that prevents potential tourists from materialising their desire to travel to the Canary Islands,” she added.
It is precisely the French market which is one of the objectives of the Ministry within its strategy of customer diversification. In the words of Yaiza Castilla, “we want to bet on countries with which we still have possibilities to grow, such as France, Portugal, Peninsula and Russia, among others.”
With this, there are already six routes from France established within the framework of the Flight Development Fund, expanding the connectivity of the islands with cities such as Paris, Lyon, Nice and Marseille itself.
In addition, this route is number 25 that has been established thanks to the Flight Development Fund, a programme that has been in operation since 2014 and is managed by Promotur Turismo de Canarias, which has improved the connectivity of the islands with markets such as French, Polish, Italian, among others, and even the opening of new markets such as Hungarian and Romanian.
The Volotea company flies annually to Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Tenerife and connects the Canary Islands with various French cities such as Nantes, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Marseille and Strasbourg. In addition, it links Oviedo with Tenerife South.