Fewer and more expensive flights as new Government removes preferential air taxes

Update 3 February: Jet2 has denied that it is planning to cut flights to Tenerife. Despite what the Cabildo claimed on Wednesday, Jet2 said that although these preferential rates are important the company had no intention of linking its presence in the islands with them. I see there’s no denial of price increases though …..

Original post 1 February: The new national Government has eliminated the Canaries’ preferential air tax rates, and almost immediately, the Tenerife Cabildo has confirmed that as a consequence, flights to Tenerife have been reduced by Jet2 and Monarch. Both companies had increased their flights in 2011 but now say they are going to pull back. Not only that, but to add to the pain of a decreased service, ticket prices will increase.

The German airline Cóndor is also reviewing whether to proceed with a new route to TFN, a service it was considering offering. The Cabildo said that these companies’ reactions showed the direct correlation of the preferential tax with air connections, something that the new Government has denied. The irony is that the denial of the link, and the removal of the preferential rates, comes from the new minister for Industria, Energía y Turismo, the Canarian José Manuel Soria.

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