Iberia pledges substantial flight growth in the Canaries
Iberia Express is anticipating a growth of 18% in air seats for this summer in the Canary Islands.
President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, the executive director of Iberia Express, Carlos Gómez, and the director of Strategic Planning and Finance of Iberia, José Antonio Barrio-nuevo, say there will be almost 1.9 million places between Madrid and the Canaries. It has been hailed as “great news, taking into account the forecasts of an economic slowdown”.
In a meeting attended by the Minister of Tourism, Yaiza Castilla, and the Minister of Transportation, Sebastián Franquis, as well as the president of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria and the representatives of the Tourism area of the rest of the Cabildos, representatives of Iberia Express said the company will grow in the Canary Islands six-fold, with more frequencies in its flights and the incorporation of two new Iberia airplanes of maximum capacity – between 340 and 400 passengers – for routes with Gran Canaria and Tenerife.
The meeting also addressed the purchase of Air Europa by the IAG Group, an alliance that is still ongoing and could materialise before the end of the year. Iberia executives confirmed to those responsible for the Canary Islands Government their willingness to ensure the connectivity of the islands and, with this alliance, strengthen the routes with America and Africa.
The head of the Canarian Executive stressed that “the Government will be vigilant” in the face of this operation and hopes that it will serve to strengthen connectivity and that prices not only remain but decrease. “The 75% discount is a historic achievement, a right that we will defend to be on equal terms,” he said.
Ángel Víctor Torres recalled that it is the third meeting he has with those responsible for Iberia and Iberia Express after the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook, as well as with the rest of the companies that have compensated for the loss of places with the islands, proving the attractiveness of the Canaries as a holiday destination.