Thanks to the airport taxes discount recently agreed by the Canarian President, Paulino Rivero, and Spanish PM Zapatero, Ryanair has announced that it is to double its flights to Tenerife from 8 to 16. It will also offer 16 new routes to Gran Canaria and 15 to Lanzarote. The increase in flights is expected to generate two million new passengers, 2,000 new jobs, and a touristic income of around 336 million Euros, according to the company press release. Michael Cawley, Vice President of Ryanair, said that the continuation of these routes beyond 31 March 2010 will depend on the extension of the airport tax discounts.
To celebrate the increase in service, Ryanair is giving away 20,000 free flights to and from the Canaries between 26 October and 19 December. They are available from www.ryanair.com until midnight, 5 August. Canarias7