International airline Air Europa plan to fly inter-island routes between Canary Islands, in direct competition with Binter Canarias and Canary Fly, as of October 30. They are reportedly scheduling flights from seven in the morning until nine at night.
Initial routes will include passenger flights between Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, Tenerife North and Fuerteventura, Tenerife North and Lanzarote, Tenerife North and Gran Canaria, Tenerife North and La Palma, and Tenerife and El Hierro.
The first phase of their project will be launched at the end of October with flights between the two capital islands, Gran Canaria and Tenerife – with seven round trips daily except on Saturdays – links connecting Gran Canaria with Fuerteventura and Lanzarote – three flights on weekdays and two on weekends.
Within one year the airline expects to have fully deployed their planned Canary Islands fleet, increasing frequencies and strengthening the number of routes between islands, to fly 30 times a day in the archipelago.
The announcement coincides with the proposed increase in Spanish state subsidies for residents on the islands from 50% to 75% savings on air travel.
Flights: More than 30 a day. Air Europa begins operating in the island air market on October 30. A year later, the company plans to finalise its implementation and operate, at that time, more than 30 daily flights.
Connections: Seven routes. The implementation project will start with three routes in October – Gran Canaria and Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, and Gran Canaria and Lanzarote -,with a new one in March: Tenerife Norte and La Palma. The third phase of their deployment will take place in October 2018, when they plan to inaugurate three more connections to unite Tenerife and Lanzarote, Tenerife and Fuerteventura, and Tenerife and El Hierro.
Hours: Between 7.00 and 20.55. The connection between Gran Canaria and Tenerife will begin with seven daily return links, with the exception of Saturdays and Sundays when they will operate five and six. The first flight will take off at 7 am and the last at 8.30 pm. This route will be reinforced over time. The link between Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura will initially have three flights from Monday to Friday and two at the weekend, as well as between Gran Canaria and Lanzarote,which will operate three links on Sundays. At 20.55 hours the last flight takes off on this route. Regarding the other connections, the company has not yet provided further details.
Source: La Provincia