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Spain under pressure to end plans to scrap travel discount

Sat 26th Jan 2013
Spain under pressure to end plans to scrap travel discount

Residents of the Spanish Islands are applying increasing pressure on the government of Spain to withdraw their plans to put an end to the 50% travel discount they are currently entitled to.

Residents of the Balearics, Canary Islands and the enclave of Melia and Ceuta in North Africa are currently able to take advantage of these discounts, enabling to travel back and forth to the mainland for as little as €10.

Plans to end the subsidised flights were announced last year, but have been opposed by both consumer groups and the airlines themselves, prompting fears that this will have a knock-on effect for those who regularly travel to the Islands for business purposes.

As an alternative the government was considering the application of a fixed rate of discount on flights from major airports in the Balearics and Canaries to Madrid-Barajas or Barcelona-El Prat airports.

The travel discount is currently available to all Spanish residents of the Balearics and Canary Islands who are holders of a passsport issued by an EU member state.

Comment on this Story

Why should those living on the Islands get a discount at all ? If I choose to travel from Madrid to Malaga for business I don't qualify for any kind of discount ? I can't really see the difference here ?
Ivan Handley - Mon, 28th Jan 2013
Why should they stop this? People need to save as much money as they can in this climate.
Mick Grundy - Sat, 26th Jan 2013

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