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Canary Islands one step closer to having its own airline 

The Hotel and Non-Hotel Association of Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, Ashotel, continues to take firm steps towards achieving one of its most strategic projects for more than five years: the creation of a Canary Island airline with a tour operator aspect , which contributes to promoting connectivity between the Canary Islands and the Peninsula, mainly, but with the option of a European route.

 The Board of Directors and the Assembly of Ashotel
ratified last Wednesday the creation of an SL promoted by the hotel management,
which will give rise to the participation of several entrepreneurs from the
hotel sector, initially from Tenerife, but with a view to the participation of
other islands.

 “This is an initiative that we have been defending as
crucial for our destiny for years and to which we have dedicated many hours of
work; finally now it is forged with this agreement of our representative bodies
and we trust that it will be a reality in the coming months ”, says the
president of Ashotel, Jorge Marichal, who reports that the talks are well
advanced and the project has support from various public administrations.

 The bankruptcy of the tour operator Thomas Cook, last
September, was a jug of cold water for the tourism sector of the Islands, which
highlighted the fragility of the destination, highly dependent on the tour
operation. Ashotel has since accelerated the talks and meetings to achieve this
project and is convinced that there is a solid business muscle in the Islands.

 To consolidate the initiative, it has had, among
others, the permanent aeronautical advice of One Airways, which will be the air
operator of the new airline. One Airways, born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in
2009, is a 100% Canarian capital company, has a Spanish AOC (air operator
certificate) and has an extraordinary reputation with the Aeronautical
Authority and organisations such as the National Transplant Organization (
ONT).

 It has several international certifications and is led
by a team of solid professionals in international air transport and with
extensive experience in the management, operation and maintenance of both
Airbus and Boeing and in analysis, operation and opening of short, medium
routes. and long haul around the world.

The next step of the project will be the formal constitution
of the SL, the starting gun to the tempos that a complex project like this
requires and that it is expected to carry out its first routes in the coming
months.