Off peak air fares – a positive move
THE Vice President of the Cabildo and island Councillor of tourism, Carlos Alonso, considers it “positive for Tenerife” the initiative of the central Government to set a 50 percent bonus rates for connections between airports in the Canary Islands and the peninsula, “but I think that the measure is clearly inadequate because it is limited to the days of little air traffic and taking into account how the tourist sector is, it would require a change of operating in the companies themselves.”
Alonso said that the bonuses “should extend not only to the so-called quiet days (of little air traffic) but also to the period of low season which, in the case of the archipelago, coincides with the summer”.
The measure, approved provisionally by the Senate Budget Committee, will apply to Tenerife South operations on a Thursday and Saturday.
Carlos Alonso “we are in danger of this measure, although it is positive, becoming a sort of consolation prize, meaning we ignore other initiatives that could benefit much more to the Canary Islands tourism sector, which continues to be the major driver of the economy in these times of crisis”.
The allowance proposed by the central Government also requires airlines to change their strategy to start operating on days in which they currently do not, which in turn affects the logistics of tour operators and the entire tourist system. For this reason, a change in the day of operations requires a time of adaptation and can not occur in the short term.
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