The first Summit on Transport and Mobility of the Extrapeninsular Territories will meet at the end of the month in the capital of Gran Canaria with a clear objective: to look for formulas to stop the escalation of ticket prices to the Peninsula that has been detected since the discount of 75% for Canarian residents will come into force in July 2018 and that implies an increase in tickets of 24%. The setting of maximum rates, the creation of new routes of forced public service or the extension of the bonus to the maritime transport of vehicles are some of the aspirations that will be addressed in this meeting.
The regional presidents of the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres and Francina Armengol; the president of Melilla, Eduardo Castro, and a high representative of Ceuta that is still to be confirmed will meet on the 28th and 29th of this month in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to promote a common strategy to propose to the Government of Spain upward solutions of Air ticket prices detected on journeys to and from the peninsular territory. The working days will conclude with a political statement that reaffirms the intention to equate the rights ofcitizensand of the companies based in these autonomous communities with the rest of Spain and expose an overview for the coming years.
The Summit, which is promoted by the Minister of Public Works, Transportation and Housing, SebastiánFranchise, will be held in two working days in which, in addition to the issue of rising air prices, issues such as negotiation will be addressed so that the European regulation contemplates maximum criteria for setting tariffs or the creation of new OSPs (public service obligations) between extrapeninsular territories and continental Spain. The negotiation with the State of a new airport management model that includes the participation of the two archipelagos or the extension of the discount coverage for residents for the maritime transport of residents’ vehicles or the transport of residents will also be addressed at this summit. dangerous goods.
Precisely Franquis warned in parliamentary headquarters last month that air fares between the Canary Islands and the Peninsula had increased by 24% in the first half of 2019, according to the data handled by the Ministry of Development. Although the Minister of Public Works, Transportation and Housing indicated that the prices of flights between islands had barely increased by 0.8%, he indicated that in some routes with the Peninsula the increase reaches 50%. Franquis stressed, in turn, that the level of higher cost of tickets depends on the island from which you fly or which you want to reach. Not surprisingly, the director said that if the destination or origin is Gran Canaria, there is a 30% price increase, while with Tenerife the cost increase is 25%.
Already in September, the Minister of Development, José Luis Ábalos, had recognized the existence of “disturbances” in the system of aid to air transport. At that time, Ábalos estimated a growth in the value of the tickets of 20% on average, with peaks that have even doubled that percentage. Therefore, he announced the intention of his Ministry to implement price control measures, including increased vigilance over airlines to ensure that there is no tariff agreement or adjustments in the application of the subsidy itself.
At the end of last year, Franquis convened a summit with the Balearic Islands, Ceuta and Melilla to find a way out of this situation and press Fomento to adopt measures as soon as possible.