The new air transport tax that the Government is preparing to mainly tax airline tickets will not affect flights to the Canary Islands, which will be exempt from that rate, as confirmed by the Finance Minister of the Treasury, María Jesús Montero, in a letter sent to the president of the Canarian Government, Ángel Víctor Torres, in response to a letter that Torres sent asking him to finalize the measure. The minister confirmed to the Canarian president, as they had agreed in previous meetings, that “when the rules that regulate the taxes raised are drafted, the unequivocal will of this Government is to exclude the islands from its application”.
As Ángel Víctor Torres has transferred to the top officials of the Government of Spain, due to the characteristics of the archipelago and the distance from the continental territory, “the plane is a vital means of transport for the mobility of Canarian citizens and for those who visit the islands ”.
The Ministry itself, on February 28, published an informative note in which it reflected that “the objective of this assessment would be to encourage the use of more sustainable and environmentally friendly means of transport,” while highlighting that in its application “the insular fact should be taken into account”. Montero has already announced the approval of the increase of the subsidy from 50% to 75% of the rates of regular air transport services to the peninsula of non-peninsular residents.