Binter Canarias S.A. is a Spanish airline based on the grounds of Gran Canaria Airport in Telde, Gran Canaria and Tenerife North Airport, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain. It is a regional air carrier operating inter-island services within the Canary Islands, and other Atlantic islands. Affiliated airlines operate on behalf of Binter in services to Morocco, Portugal and Western Sahara.
|Subsidiaries||Binter CV (Abbreviation for Binter Cabo Verde)|
|Headquarters||Gran Canaria Airport|
Telde, Gran Canaria and
Tenerife North Airport, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain
|Key people||Pedro Agustín del Castillo Machado (CEO)|
The airline was established on 18 February 1988 and started operations on 26 March 1989. It was formed as a subsidiary of Iberia. Binter Canarias began operations as a regional airline and is currently the only one to operate in the eight airports of the Canaries. Binter also operates connections with Marrakech, Dakar, Aaiun in Africa; Madeira, and Lisbon in Portugal; Sal, Cape Verde in Cape Verde; and Vigo and Mallorca in Spain . The airline also flies to the island of Madeira, serving the capital Funchal. Regular flights to the cities of Bergamo and Paris, were trialled but later cancelled as unsuccessful projects. Nowadays has regular flights to Lisbon and Cape Verde for renting technical crew and aircraft (CRJ) to Air Nostrum. The airline also serves Africa: it operates scheduled flights to Marrakech and Casablanca in Morocco and Laayoune in Western Sahara, alongside charter flights to Nouadibou and Nouakchott in Mauritania.
In late 1999 SEPI (the Spanish state holding company of Iberia) implemented the privatisation of Binter Canarias, but held on to a "golden share", permitting it to authorise any future shareholding deal of more than 25%. However, the airline was wholly owned by Hesperia Inversiones Aéreas, which bought the airline in July 2002. In 2003 Binter Canarias, SAU was absorbed by Hesperia Inversiones Aéreas, SA, which took the name of Binter Canarias, SA. It is now owned by Ilsamar Tenerife (49.81%), Ferma Canarias Electrica (10.44%), Agencia Maritima Afroamericana (10.11%), Flapa (10%) and others (19.6%) and has 406 employees. Binter has sales offices, Binter Vende, at the airports and, since 2005, the ground support service has been provided by Atlántica Handling. Since January 2008 the Technical assistance service for Binter aircraft has been provided by BinterTechnic.
In 2016 the airline agreed a deal for a further six ATR 72-600 aircraft, bringing total commitments to the type to 18. They will replace ATR 72-500 aircraft. In spring 2018, Binter decided to merge Navegacion y Servicios Aéreos Canarios (NAYSA) into its own operations and therefore handed back NAYSA's air operator certificate. Since then, all former NAYSA operations are part of Binter's. Since late 2017, Binter Cabo Verde has taken over inter-island flights after its discontinuation of theirs by TACV on August 1, 2017 as TACV was restructuring and privatisation. Binter CV established a partnership covering TACV's international services, allowing TACV to offer connections to domestic destinations and will seek to strengthen inter-island connections. In June 2018 it began the domestic operation between Madeira and Porto Santo Islands in the northern neighboring Madeiran archipelago.
As of January 2019, Binter Canarias serves the following destinations:
- Madeira - Madeira Airport
- Lisbon - Lisbon Airport
- Ponta Delgada - João Paulo II Airport
- Porto Santo - Porto Santo Airport
- El Hierro - El Hierro Airport
- Fuerteventura - Fuerteventura Airport
- Gran Canaria - Gran Canaria Airport Hub
- La Gomera - La Gomera Airport
- La Palma - La Palma Airport
- Lanzarote - Lanzarote Airport
- Mallorca - Palma de Mallorca Airport
- Vigo - Vigo Airport
- Agadir - Al Massira Airport
- Casablanca - Mohammed V International Airport
- Marrakech - Marrakech-Menara Airport
|Bombardier CRJ1000||3||—||100||3 wet-leased from Medavia, 2 have been transferred from Air Nostrum to Medavia whilst still operating for Binter,|
|Embraer E195-E2||—||5||132||First aircraft to be delivered in late 2019.|
Binter Canarias has converted two options for Embraer E195-E2 aircraft to firm orders. Their first new Embraer aircraft is expected to be delivered in the second half of 2019 with Binter Canarias being the European launch customer.
The Binter Canarias fleet has previously included the Boeing 737-400 (leased from Futura International, in a special livery), the ATR 72-202 (the predecessor to their ATR 72-500 and later their ATR 72-600 aircraft), the CASA 235 (the first aircraft operated by Binter, the Bombardier CRJ-200 and CRJ-900 (all CRJ aircraft were leased from Air Nostrum, and their current CRJ1000 aircraft still are).
Accidents and incidentsEdit
- On 18 October 2016, an ATR 72-600 operated by NAYSA diverted to Gran Canaria Airport, Canary Islands, Spain, due to problems with the left hand main landing gear. The aircraft operated on a training flight, RSC001K, out of Tenerife-Norte Los Rodeos Airport. Upon returning to Tenerife, it was detected that one or both tires of the left hand main gear had burst or deflated. It was decided to divert to Las Palmas where the aircraft flew two low passes over runway 03L. A safe landing was then carried out at 12:22 UTC.
The airline was named Europe's best regional airline in 2005 (a celebratory livery was installed on their single Boeing 737-400) and, in September 2010, it was announced that the Spanish carrier had won the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) Gold Award for the best Airline of the Year 2010/2011. In October 2016 the airline was awarded the European Regional Airlines Association Airline of the Year award and was commended for its constant growth and expansion into new markets.
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