Despite a huge increase in passengers at Canary Islands airports over recent years, the Director of Aena in the Canary Islands, Mario Otero, responsible for overseeing all airports in the region, said this week “the construction of new runways at the airports of Tenerife South and Gran Canaria are not justified, and there is no need to do more than necessary.”
In an appearance before the Transport Commission of the Government of the Canary Islands, the Director explained that any investment in additional runways at these airports would increase the costs, and airports would become less competitive, so that would reduce the attraction of Tenerife and Gran Canaria as tourist destinations.
Otero also pointed out that the 8 Canarian airports still have 30% capacity, which relates to 58.6 million passengers per year, although the airports of Tenerife South and Lanzarote are closer to saturation, and there could be a significant impact for Tenerife North if the residents’ air discount is increased to 75% for flights to the Peninsular.
In addition, Juan Iganacio Liaño, Fleet Director of Fred Olsen, also appeared before this Transport Commission, and stressed that the increase in discount for residents travelling between the Canary Islands resulted in more passengers, and that this has contributed to greater economic activity and job creation for all the islands.
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