The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports of the Canary Islands Government, through the regional tourism board, Promotur Turismo de Canarias, has launched a public tender for 24 new air routes to increase international connectivity from the archipelago with an annually regular 240,000 new seats. The call to tender, to whish is allocated a maximum of €3.7 million, is integrated into the Canary Islands Development Fund budget.
The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports for the Government of the Canary Islands, Mariate Lorenzo, stressed that “air connectivity is a priority objective for the Canary Islands’ Government due to its contribution to economic development within the archipelago and as a key strategy for the diversification of tourism markets“.
For this reason, she emphasized the importance of this new Development Fund call to tender for flights helping to “undoubtedly contribute to boost our competitiveness compared to other competing destinations“.
The new routes that they are aiming to be launched, once the incentives are awarded to the airlines that commit to maintenance for at least two years, include connections to Canary Islands airports with Switzerland, Poland, France, the United States, Germany , Slovakia, Italy, Portugal, Austria, Iceland, Holland, Ireland, Finland, Latvia, Romania and Bulgaria.
The call is flexible in most cases and airlines can choose to operate only on a seasonal basis (only winters or summers) or uninterrupted throughout the year. In some cases, the ability for the airline to start with 1 or 2 weekly frequencies has also been established. Each potential route has a budget allocated based on a maximum success scenario.
All the calls from the Fund for Development of Flights, which up until now has already achieved the implementation of 18 new connections, are the result of a consensus analysis between Canary Islands tourism and island councils (Cabildos), depending on strategic interest, feasibility and an absence of previous connectivity on those routes.
The amount of the incentive is a final push for the international airlines, which normally shuffle a large number of options, all of which may compete with Canarian island destinations.