One million euro incentives for airlines to encourage more flights to the Canary Islands
The Canarian Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce has allocated almost a million euros as promotional incentives for airlines to restore flights to the islands between November and December of this year, an amount that is expected to increase in 2021.
The department released this information today (Monday) and is open to all airlines for the recovery of air connectivity with the islands, from member countries of the European Union, the rest of the national territory, and any other countries that represent markets that emit tourists to the Archipelago.
In a press statement, the Minister of Tourism, Yaiza Castilla, said that this initiative is an incentive for companies to start recovering flight schedules that they had with the islands before the crisis. "With this we want to correct the disadvantages of being a fragmented and remote territory, being somewhat more competitive compared to other destinations when it comes to capturing air traffic," she added.
The maximum amount each airline can obtain is 150,000 euros, and will be applied to those national and international routes that will operate during the months of November and December 2020. Airlines may qualify for this promotional incentive provided that the minimum threshold of flights to operate in the indicated execution period is higher than 35%, in the case of international flights, and 65%, in the case of domestic flights, of the number made in the same period of 2019.
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In this way, once these minimum thresholds of 35% and 65% have been met, a bonus of four euros will be paid per additional passenger on international flights, and two euros in the case of nationals. Canary Islands Tourism expects to maintain this incentive in 2021, the amount of which is conditioned on budget availability and a timeframe set by the European Union.
The concession of these incentives aims to favour the restoration of the necessary connectivity of the islands "through a sector, such as airlines that have been greatly affected by the pandemic, and on which the Canary Islands depend to ensure its tourism activity," says the Minister of Tourism.