From 5th to 7th June, Promotur Turismo de Canarias took part in the Connect Route Development Forum, held in Cerdeña. On this occasion, Promotur came into the event with an intense work agenda lined up with the managers of leading airlines who are already operating, or who may be doing so in the future, with the Canaries, as well as with managers of international airports.
During the event many airports showed an interest in connecting with the islands, especially given that at this forum work goes into establishing common strategies between different airports from all over the world to facilitate the establishment of point to point routes. The aim is to implement new destinations which will allow passengers to travel to the archipelago without the need to change planes at major European city airports.
Intense meeting agenda
During the event meetings were held with different airlines including Iberia Express; Vueling; Russian airline S7; Austrian airline Laudamotion, owned by Ryanair; British airline Jet2; Air Italy, the former Meridiana airline and today 49% owned by Qatar Airways; Canadian airline Air Transat; Italian Blue Panorama; German Eurowings, belonging to the Lufthansa group; and Turkish Airlines.
These meetings underlined the important role that the Canaries continue to have in the European inbound market, although forecasts for this summer in terms of German tourism are looking quite complicated, as is the UK market for next winter, in this case due to the postponement of Brexit until 31st October. Meanwhile however, the Spanish national market is looking positive, with a healthy growth expected.
Currently the islands are connected to 27 countries and 156 airports, with 445 different routes taking into account all the origin and destination airports, a figure which rises by a further 847 routes if airlines differentiated. Besides this, there are 60 airline companies that operate regularly in the Canaries.