The president of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Pedro Martín, announced on Friday that the island has won a total of 307,678 new air places in the last two months following the bankruptcy of British tour operator Thomas Cook and the closure of Ryanair bases in the Canary Islands .
In a press conference in which he has been accompanied by the Island Tourism Advisor, José Gregorio Martín, the president of Tenerife has assessed that agreements have been concluded with Easyjet, Jest2.com, Wizz Air, Vueling, Volotea, Norwegian, British Airways and Iberia Express.
With these agreements, Martin has commented that the island has covered almost 60 percent of the places of the previous winter campaign, and now, the goal is to achieve balance in the summer. "In two months it is not possible to reach 100%," he admitted.
Of the package of new places, 100,000 of Vueling and 89,000 of Jet2.com stand out, with opening of new routes with the United Kingdom, with a total of 36,000 only with the British market, apart from which Ryanair, despite the closure of the bases, has announced more than 8,300 new places.
Martín has commented that this work is a "point and followed" because it is going to continue negotiating with the airlines to increase the connectivity of Tenerife, and in fact, has indicated that there are contacts to create a new air base on the island, " which translates into job creation and guarantees connectivity. "
He has insisted that the "first effort" has focused on the British market, affected by the 'brexit', the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook and the closure of Ryanair bases, and from now on, the promotion to seek new markets or Stop the fall of German tourism.
About Ryanair, he said that it is a "labor dispute" of the company, that "has its way of negotiating" and seeks maximum benefit, and although they do not like it, it is a decision of a private company, although it has left Of course, the goal is "not to depend" on any airline.