SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, June 10. (EUROPE PRESS) –
Tenerife South Airport received today, Friday, the first direct flight between the Island and New York from the United Airlines company, a new non-stop service with three weekly flights that will connect Tenerife with Newark Liberty International Airport from today, June 10, until September 30th.
The president of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Pedro Martín; United’s Director General of International Planning, Matt Stevens, and the Director General of Tenerife Sur Airport, Luis López Chapí, participated in the welcoming ceremony for this inaugural flight, accompanied by the island’s Director of Tourism, Laura Castro; the CEO of Tenerife Tourism, David Pérez, and the crew of this first flight.
Pedro Martín indicated that in an attempt to prioritize the island’s market opportunities in the United States, this direct route to Tenerife “will bring the North American customer closer to gastronomy, climate, nature, culture and the great tourist offer of Tenerife”.
In addition, he added that to generate demand for this new United Airlines flight, they will promote Tenerife “as a destination of excellence and great versatility.” “And for this, we will work not only with the airline, but also with agents, tour operators and North American organizations,” he added.
For his part, Matt Stevens highlighted that United Airlines is the only airline that connects the Canary Islands with the United States and said that the company is “very happy” with this new service that reaches its hub in New York/Newark.
“This route is a direct link from New York to Tenerife, that is, a comfortable route that will allow American travelers to enjoy the spectacular black and white sand beaches of the Canary Islands, with connections from almost 90 destinations throughout America” , he detailed.
Likewise, Luis López Chapí pointed out that they are “delighted” to inaugurate this “historic route”. “We want to grow with society, anticipate and adapt to its needs. Thanks to this effort, the determination and the joint work of United Airlines, local tourism institutions, the authorities and the Aena airport marketing department , our islands will be more connected, if possible, with the rest of the world,” he stressed.
According to the airline, this new service from Tenerife is the only flight between the Canary Islands and the United States and joins United’s offer with services from Madrid and Barcelona to New York/Newark, seasonal services from Madrid and Barcelona to Washington DC and the recently inaugurated seasonal service from Palma de Mallorca to New York/Newark. United is the North American airline with the most destinations in Spain.
The new service between Tenerife and New York/Newark is part of the largest transatlantic expansion United has undertaken in its history, anticipating strong growth in European summer travel. In all, United has launched or resumed 30 transatlantic flights from mid-April to early June.
United has chosen the Boeing 757-200 aircraft for its new service between Tenerife and New York/Newark, with a total of 169 seats: 16 flat-bed seats in United Polaris business class and 153 in economy class, including 45 Economy Plus seats with more space in general.
United’s presence in Spain dates back to 1991. This summer, United will operate more than 400 flights a day to 148 destinations in 38 countries from Newark. The Newark hub is its largest transatlantic hotspot, with an offer expanded to 5 new European destinations this summer.