Photo: Tenerife Cabildo.
The Tenerife Cabildo has announced a new airline that’s 100% Canarian called, appropriately enough, Canarian Airways. The Cabildo says that the airline, which is led by Ashotel and One Airways as well as the Cabildo itself, will start operating from the second half of June from TFS initially with just one 144-seater aircraft. Tickets will start to be sold and can be booked from next month and in theory is expected to fly between the Canaries and Madrid, Barcelona, and Bilbao, as well as Glasgow, Cardiff and Berlin.
President Martín said that today’s importance was not just the launch of a wholly Canarian airline but in symbolic terms representing the capacity of the island’s business fabric to face current adversity primarily caused by covid. Martín said that he fully expected the airline to show its importance in the future, backed as it is by the Cabildo’s 25% stakeholding and its experience in tourism promotion. The President said that the ethos of the airline is that flying is not just something one can do but that one has a right to do, and so fares will be set at reasonable and non-speculative prices with passengers not squashed in to maximise profit.
It’s obviously early days for this, and it’s only being presented officially today, but this could be a sign of things to come as we go back to basics in some form, with comfort and reasonable pricing dealing with fewer numbers … it’s the same story we’re hearing again and again now. A whole new world …