Government seeks tenders for 20 new air routes
The Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Comme-rce of the Government of the Canary Islands is seeking applications in a public tender for the award of 20 new air routes to link the archipelago with European cities with which the islands do not currently have direct connections.
The total amount of the new call, developed within the framework of the Flight Development Fund, will be 3.5 million euros. Tenders will be submitted to contest 20 routes with cities in Germany, United Kingdom, Norway, Ireland, France, Italy, Austria, Poland and Hungary.
Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Yaiza Castilla, said this is a new commitment by the Government to increase the connectivity of the islands “at a time of special concern for the closure of airlines and the change of business model worldwide, the juncture of Brexit and the reopening of competing destinations, facts that have reduced the availability of air seats with the islands, and their impact on the arrival of tourists. ”
The Flight Development Fund is an incentive programme of the Government of the Canary Islands for the implementation of new regular routes, managed by the Ministry of Tourism through its public company Promotur Turismo de Islas Canarias and prior approval in 2014 by the Commission European
According to Yaiza Castilla, the objective of the programme is to continue advancing in the achievement of new tourism issuing markets and strengthen the current ones, with the establishment of direct routes that are considered strategic for the Canary Islands.
“The Canary Islands is a leading tourist destination, profitable for airlines, but currently affected by a readjustment of the global air sector,” she said. Of the ten large companies operating in the Canary Islands 12 years ago, today, there are just four left.