Tourism chiefs praise Jet2 for its commitment to the Canaries
Tourism chiefs in the Canaries have praised Jet2 for “helping to bridge the gap” left by the demise of Thomas Cook and say prospects for the British market still look extremely good.
The International Tourism Fair, Madrid Fitur 2020 had opened with an optimistic forecast by the Canary Islands Government for the German market, due to an increase in connectivity of 16% for the summer, followed on the second day by positive prospects for the peninsular market with 3.1 million air seats already scheduled for the summer season.
Attention then turned to the British market in the Canaries and the good news from the Jet2 group, operator responsible for 40% of the arrival of Brits to the islands.
As reported by tourism councillor, Yaiza Castilla, travel reservations to the Canary Islands in the United Kingdom are going at a good pace, “a fact that guarantees that the British company has planned to bring two million to the Canary Islands from the United Kingdom in 2020 tourists, this is 500,000 visitors more than in 2019, an exercise in which the company has already experienced a significant 19% growth in its flows with the archipelago. ”
She stressed that the British tourist group Jet2 “has occupied very quickly a large part of the gap left by Thomas Cook in the Canary Islands and, today, we represent for the company 22% of its total business, so the commitment to islands is very strong. ”
The Minister of Tourism also informed that the British managers of the company with whom they met have taken away the effects of Brexit in their tourism business with the Canary Islands, as evidenced by the fact that for the winter season 2020/2021 they have planned to increase its offer with the Canary Islands 7% to reach 835,000 places.
Yaiza Castilla acknowledged that, although the good data of the English market comes from the hand of a single tour operator, the fact that this is the main British group in the sector, after the gap left by Thomas Cook, and that, in addition, bet on The Canary Islands more than other Mediterranean competitor destinations “gives us very good expectations on how our main tourist market will work in a year in which we accumulate many fears, especially because of the consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.”