Airlines boost seat availability this winter in the Canary Islands by 15%
Airlines have significantly increased seat availability to Canary Islands airports for the upcoming winter season, which started on Sunday and will run until March 30, 2024. This boost represents a substantial 15% increase compared to the same season in 2022, with a total of 28.9 million seats on offer, marking a promising start for winter travel.
In this increased capacity, 18.2 million seats are allocated for international flights, reflecting a remarkable 17% surge in availability compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, 10.7 million seats are designated for domestic flights, demonstrating an impressive 11% growth in this sector.
The total number of commercial operations scheduled for this season has gone up by 13% compared to the corresponding period last year, with a combined total of 197,854 arrivals and departures anticipated. This increase in operations showcases the growing popularity of the Canary Islands as a prime winter travel destination.
A total of 819 routes have been planned by airlines for the Canary Islands, indicating an increase of 59 routes compared to the previous winter season. This underlines the airline's commitment to providing travellers with more options for reaching the archipelago.
Gran Canaria Airport takes the lead in terms of seat availability, with over 8.6 million scheduled seats, reflecting a substantial 12.4% increase over last year. Among these seats, more than 3.6 million connect to other parts of Spain, more than 4.8 million links to European destinations, and nearly 127,000 caters to the African continent.
Notably, 47 airlines have scheduled 254 routes at Gran Canaria Airport, connecting it with 144 different destinations. The highest number of seats offered, after Spain, is with Germany, closely followed by the United Kingdom.
Tenerife South Airport has 215 scheduled routes operated by 49 airlines, offering over 7.5 million seats, a substantial increase of 15.2% compared to the 2022 winter season. Of these, more than 6.8 million are reserved for European flights, nearly 610,000 for domestic flights, and more than 42,500 for flights to Africa. The UK stands out as a prominent market, particularly London and Manchester, followed by Germany and Spain.
César Manrique-Lanzarote Airport has witnessed a remarkable increase of 23.8% in seat availability compared to the previous winter season, with more than 5 million scheduled seats. Of these, over 3.6 million are designated for international flights and more than 1.5 million for domestic flights.
This season, 34 airlines have scheduled 156 routes, resulting in 32,518 movements to 87 destinations. The United Kingdom holds a significant share of seats, primarily to London, followed by domestic destinations, Germany, Ireland, and France.
Fuerteventura Airport offers more than 3.4 million seats, reflecting an 11% increase over the 2022 winter season, with 36 airlines scheduling 128 routes. Over 2.6 million seats cater to international flights to/from Europe, and nearly 870,000 for domestic flights. In this period, 22,268 movements have been scheduled to 73 different destinations. The United Kingdom stands out as a key market, particularly London, followed by Germany and Spain.
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