Updated 13 July: The national Government’s minister for Transport and Public Works (Ministerio de Fomento), José Luis Ábalos, has confirmed that the 75% resident discount on travel for legal residents of the Canaries, Balearics, and Ceuta and Melilla has today been formally approved by the national Cabinet and will come into force at 9am this coming Monday, 16 July.
The Canarian Government’s Minister for Public Works and Transport, Pablo Rodríguez, says that he has great satisfaction in the success of the Canaries in pushing for the measure to be brought into force immediately rather than waiting several months as might have been possible. The increased discount will be published in the Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE) tomorrow, and will come into force, as usual, the first working day after publication.
Updated 3 July: After weeks of controversy, with various rumours running wild from a range of politicians with a range of angles, as to whether the travel discount would happen at all, or take at least six months to happen, or happen within 24 hours, there is finally formal confirmation from Fernando Clavijo, the Canarian President, that the 2.2m Canarians eligible for the 75% discount will be able to avail themselves of it this very month.
Clavijo said in a press conference this afternoon that although administrative considerations had made it possible that the increased discount might take some months to come through, it is an achievement by the Canaries that the national Government’s Department of Transport and Public Works (Ministerio de Fomento) has corrected a potentially grave injustice by pushing the discount through now rather than waiting for a new budgetary year.
Fomento minister José Luis Ábalos, himself at the press conference, confirmed that the 75% resident discount on air and sea travel will be effective this month. Ábalos said that the measure, which will also benefit residents of the Balearic islands and of Ceuta and Melilla, will be approved in a Cabinet meeting on one of the last three Fridays this month.
Original post 16 May: Travel discounts for Canarian residents have been set at 75% for travel between the Canarian islands since last June (see HERE), and now that increased subsidy is set to apply to travel between the Canaries and mainland Spain from this summer. Currently the discount for travel to the mainland is 50% but after an agreement reached between Madrid and the centre-left nationalist political party Nueva Canarias the subsidy is set to be raised to 75%, applicable equally to flights and ferry journeys and to journeys not just to the peninsula but also to the Balearic Islands and the two Spanish enclaves in north Africa, Ceuta and Melilla. Canarian agriculturalists will also benefit from increased subsidies for food produce transport to the rest of Spain.
For details of the resident discount please see the second question (How do we get the resident discount on Spanish flights?) in the Residents & Non-Residents section of the Basics FAQ page HERE. The new 75% discount will come into force later this summer, July at the earliest. The precise date is still to be confirmed.