Mainland flights boost for Tenerife
Tenerife has been given a massive flights boost with the news that fast-growing low-cost carrier Norwegian is to lay on 106,000 seats from and to the Spanish mainland this winter.
The airline, which already links Tenerife and various European destinations, has scheduled flights from Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga as of October and does not rule out keeping the flights year-round. The news was given at a press conference held by Tenerife's governing Cabildo, whose head Carlos Alonso predicted that the big Norwegian presence will increase competition on the mainland routes, to the benefit of passengers. "Thanks to these flights, we will be back to the mainland passenger levels we enjoyed prior to the demise of Spanair in 2011" said Alonso. Norwegian's Director of Communications Alfons Claver said the airline would be operating flights from Birmingham and Edinburgh to Tenerife also and was still considering using the island as a hub for flights to the United States as of 2017, when it takes delivery of new and bigger planes.