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New Route of the Day (1 February 2024): Binter Canarias’ new routes from Madrid


Regional carrier Binter Canarias opened its new base in Madrid, the first in mainland Spain, launching operations to Gran Canaria and Tenerife North on Thursday 1 February. Both routes will be maintained 4-daily with the E195 E2 aircraft. The airline faces strong competition on both routes. It will go head-to-head on the 1,765-kiilometre service to Gran Canaria against Ryanair with 9-weekly flights, Iberia with 60-weekly rotations, and Air Europa with 21-weekly flights. On the other hand, on the 1,770-kilometre route to Tenerife North, Binter Canarias faces 6-weekly Ryanair flights, 54-weekly rotations by Iberia, and 25-weekly Air Europa flights.

What they said

Rodolfo Nunez, President of Binter Canarias, said: “Launching flights from Madrid is a dream that today became a reality. I would like to thank the more than 2,000 employees who are part of the company, the encouragement of our passengers and the support of all entities for making these flights possible. These new routes will further enhance tourism and continue to stimulate economic activity, investment, and employment, both in Madrid and the Canary Islands.”

Victor Torres, the Minister of Territorial Policy and Democratic Memory in the Spanish government, added: “This is a historic day, just as the responsibility with which Binter acted during the pandemic was historic, maintaining services to guarantee connectivity and the transfer of health personnel between the islands. It was an excellent example of public-private collaboration. The government of Spain is committed to the connectivity of the islands. Binter is from the Canary Islands, and it is a great success for the Canary Islands.”

Binter Canarias establishes first base outside of the Canaries

Madrid becomes Binter Canarias’ first base outside of the Canary Islands. The carrier will have up to five aircraft stationed in the Spanish capital for its planned 112-weekly flights to and from the city.

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Binter Canarias will add 14,784 seats per week in Madrid as a result of its new services, accounting for 17.5% of total capacity on the two routes.

The carrier is considering expanding operations out of Madrid to Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, and La Palma.

95% of Binter flights are intra-Canaries

The Canary Islands are an archipelago that is part of Europe but is geographically much closer to Africa. Binter Canarias’ primary purpose is to connect the Canary Islands, operating an almost shuttle bus like service between the islands. Nearly all of Binter’s operation are within the Canaries – 95% to be exact.

Binter is responsible for 40% of the Canary Islands’ flights, driven by its huge intra-island operation. Serving all the islands’ eight commercial airports, Binter plays a vital role for the local population. Canary Islands residents enjoy heavily discounted tickets when flying with the airline.

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