Air links between the islands cut back again to minimum
The Minister of Public Works, Transport and Housing, Sebastián Franquis, has proposed to the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda new restrictions on air mobility in inter-island transport while the state of alarm decreed by the COVID-19 pandemic lasts.
In this way, and starting on March 29th, air connections between islands will be restricted to just ten flights per direction per day, instead of the 18 that are currently in force with the aim of intensifying the fight against the spread of the virus.
“We have determined a more restricted and safe mobility scheme that we are continuously submitting to review, expanding a necessary reduction and adjusted to the new demand,” said Minister Franquis. “These new restrictive measures for inter-island air transport, which will enter in force tomorrow, seek to safeguard public health and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within our autonomous community. ”
With the first restriction measures activated last week at the request of the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Housing, mobility between islands was reduced to 6% of what it usually was. It went from 398 daily flights to just 36, which represents a reduction of 90%. With the new more restrictive measures, only 20 daily flights are allowed between the islands, that is, 96% less than those that flew before the state of alarm was decreed.
The Minister said he considers this new reduction in air connectivity to be justified.
The routes and frequencies will be as follows:
- Gran Canaria – Tenerife North: 3 flights per direction
- Gran Canaria – Lanzarote: 2 flights per direction
- Gran Canaria – Fuerteventura: 1 flight per direction
- Tenerife North – Fuerteventura: 1 flight per direction
- Tenerife North – La Palma: 2 flights per direction
- Tenerife North – El Hierro: 1 flight per direction
Air connections from Tenerife North to La Gomera and Lanzarote, and those from Gran Canaria to El Hierro and La Palma are left without service for the duration of the alarm measures. In addition, it is emphasised that the aircraft can only offer half of their seats on each flight to ensure proper separation between passengers.
The Government considers that these ten connections included in the proposal are sufficient to maintain a minimum level of inter-island connectivity, mainly between the capital and non-capital islands, since there are insurmountable displacements, such as pathologies whose treatment must be carried out in the capital islands with displacement of the patient on certain dates.