The Canaries will have almost 400,000 more flight seats this summer to the islands
The Ministry of Tourism is predicting a good summer in the Canary Islands this year with 400,000 more flight seats to the archipelago, but they are being prudent and warn that more flight seats doesn’t guarantee more visitors and that there are ‘threats’ on the horizon.
The recovery of tourism in the Canary Islands should be intense this summer, and higher than expected in Spain as a whole, in view of the flight seats scheduled with the islands by airlines, which have not stopped growing in recent weeks.
The tourism sector is confident of a "good summer" after two years of paralysis due to Covid, and everything indicates that the Canary Islands will approach the 2019 figures in terms of tourist arrivals, although profitability is forecast to be lower due to inflation and rising costs.
For the months of July, August and September, the Canaries will have nearly five million flight seats to the islands, which are almost 400,000 more than in the summer of 2019, according to data handled by the Ministry of Tourism for the Canary Islands.
According to Turespaña, there are 8.3% more seats to the Canary Islands compared to the summer of 2019, while at the national level it is still 6% below 2019 numbers. In total there are 32.4 million scheduled to Spain.
Yesterday (Tuesday), the Minister of Tourism of the Canary Islands, Yaiza Castilla, praised the "strong commitment" of the airlines to the islands but at the same time opted for prudence and warned that plane seats "do not guarantee" tourists.
Castilla did not want to sound alarm bells and indicated that there are "threats" on the horizon that "put in check" the good forecasts, such as war and rising prices.
She said that she sees this summer as a consolidation of tourism recovery in the islands, not only through numbers but also as the profile of tourist, which will see us return to usual tourism patterns by the end of the year.
400,000 more flight seats:
By airports, of the almost 400,000 seats that the Canary Islands has gained compared to 2019, Lanzarote has almost 120,000, with an increase of 15.1% and almost a million seats this summer.
Gran Canaria will have 79,327 more (+6.8%) and will have 1.2 million; whereas Tenerife Sur gains 65,553 more seats (+5.2%), and will see up to 1.3 million visitors this summer.
Fuerteventura has an increase of 63,996 (+11.5%), up to 621,358 seats; La Palma will have 38% more seats (+24,094), up to 87,143; and Tenerife North gains 1.8% connectivity, 8,865 places, up to 502,987.
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