Update 14 March 2013: The first Gatwick-TFS British Airways flight has sold out, says vicepresidente económico y consejero de Turismo del Cabildo, Carlos Alonso, who confirmed that this was true for business class as well. Sr Alonso said that the fact the flight had sold out a full fortnight in advance showed clearly how welcome these flights are, and that the route would be a great success, not least among the 4- and 5-star British market with high-spending power.
The first flight will leave Gatwick at 7.10am on 29 March. Among the passengers will be presidente del Cabildo Ricardo Melchior and Cabildo tourism minister Miguel Angel Santos. To promote the flights further, Turismo de Tenerife has reached agreement with BA for a series of promotions in the most popular British media.
Original post 7 November 2012: Excellent news for travellers has come out of the World Travel Market in London, where the Canaries has a stand. British Airways will be flying from Gatwick to TFS as of 31 March next year, offering five flights a week, with some 30 business class seats available on each flight, a move intended to offer an incentive to the upmarket traveller that the Tenerife tourism authorities want so badly.
Carlos Alonso Rodríguez, Tenerife Cabildo Vice President, said that Tenerife had spent years trying to get business class included in the flight offer, rather than the low cost and charter end of the market. The agreement with BA is the result, it seems of negotiations that have been carried on for some time by the island Cabildo and the Canarian Government’s tourism department.