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Canaries to get back 54 per cent of flights in August 

Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce of the Government of the Canary Islands, Yaiza Castilla has announced the recovery of 54 per cent of air connectivity in August.

Although the effects of the pandemic in the demand for
tourist travel and, in the health management of the different European
governments, has significantly reduced air capacity to the islands, the Canary
Islands will have 746,952 seats during August, a little more than half of the
same month of last year, in which 1,442,404 million seats were reached.

“In any case, probably, we estimate that the capacity
of the last week of the month will be higher than the average, since we expect
that both Jet2 and TUI will be incorporated into the connectivity of the UK and
the Canary Islands. Therefore, the capacity can be up to 54% in the last week
of this month than it was the same week in August last year,” she
predicted.

“We are talking about 1,026 flights a week, 381
domestic and 645 international, still far from what we had but it is not a bad
figure for the current context.”

For 2020, the forecasts are that the Canary Islands would
close with an average drop of 66% in tourists and turnover. This would mean a
loss in the tourist turnover of the destination of almost 10 billion euros. In
terms of GDP, the drop would be 23%.

What is clear,  said the Tourism Minister, is that the
recovery of tourism in the Canary Islands will be conditioned by the recovery
of global air connectivity, on which it depends entirely to control the influx
of tourists to the islands. 

“Our objective is for airlines to recover the flight
programme they have with the Canary Islands and which include the connection to
153 destinations in 27 countries,”  she announced.

Among other measures, she highlighted the largest investment
in tourism promotion made in six months: 6.5 million euros that have been
invested by Promotur Turismo de Canarias in different campaigns such as
internal tourism: Embrace your Islands again; the national tourism campaign:
Tranquility Phase; the international tourism campaign, the forecasts for
September and the tactical and contextual campaigns such as the one that was
activated last Friday in the United Kingdom with the message: ‘No quarantine
can overcome the love that millions of Britons have for the Islands. We are
only postponing our next appointment. “