British Airways launched a new direct flight between London Gatwick and Tenerife South, which will operate five days a week carrying around 200 travelers and includes 15 seats in first class.
This new British Airways route was announced today by the Minister of Tourism of the Cabildo of Tenerife, Carlos Alonso, who in the presentation of this route has stressed that the new flight is targeted specially to British tourists with high purchasing power. The flights, which will depart at 07.10 from the UK in the winter season and in the summer, starting on 1st April 2013, will depart from the UK at 13:00, today made its inaugural flight with 100% occupancy.
Occupancy rates for the coming weeks are 80% as explained by Mr. Alonso, who explained that this route meets a demand for 4 and 5 star hotels because it favors the arrival of tourists who prefer totravel first class and stay at ‘higher level’ establishments on the island.
Also, Mr. Alonso has stated that the tourist occupancy for the Easter season will reach 80% on the island, a percentage that is “a little below last year”. According to the Minister, the hotel industry is happy with the arrival of tourists and expected to run out of places to fill with lates local market. The Minister went on to complain about AENA’s attitude towards British Airways new route because they would not authorise a press conference for the presentation of the inaugural flight at the Tenerife South airport.