|Headquarters||Telde, Gran Canaria, Spain|
|Key people||Pedro Agustín del Castillo Machado (CEO)|
Binter Canarias S.A. is an airline based in Telde, Gran Canaria, Spain. It is a regional air carrier operating inter-island services within the Canary Islands. Affiliated airlines operate on behalf of Binter in services to Morocco, Portugal and Western Sahara. It is the fourth biggest carrier based in the Canary Islands. The company is headquartered in the airport of Gran Canaria, in the town of Telde.
The airline was established on 18 February 1988 and started operations on 26 March 1989. It was formed as a subsidiary of Iberia. 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.
Some of the owners of Binter Canarias decided to buy Navegacion y Servicios Aéreos Canarios (NAYSA) and to transfer some planes from Binter to NAYSA in order to reduce costs and increase benefits. Then Canarias Airlines was created with the same purpose. Binter Canarias now owns only one airliner and operates quite few of the flights traded with its name.
BinterCanarias 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, Aaiun and Madeira. 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.
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.
Most flights traded as Binter Canarias are Naysa or Canarias Airlines flights, which have franchise agreements with Binter Canarias but stay completely independent companies. Almost all of its flights are operated under franchise by Navegación y Servicios Aéreos Caanarios (NAYSA), Canarias Airlines and Air Nostrum Mediterranean Airlines, except for a minority that are operated directly by Binter.
Binter Canarias operates the following services (as of April 2017):
|Bombardier CRJ1000||2||—||100||Leased from Air Nostrum|
Binter Canarias began operations with a fleet of 4 CN-235, which ceased operating on the islands in 1997, and from 1995 to 1998 leased 3 DC-9s from Iberia. Its fleet has been reduced in recent years to a single ATR 72 500 series (EC-JQL). Formerly Naysa only performed the low density routes to La Gomera and El Hierro using 2 Beechcraft 1900 D aircraft. The franchisee has since been providing an increasing number of Binter operations, enabled through the acquisition of 3 ATR 72(EC-GQF, EC-GRP, EC-GRU), which were transferred in 2007 from Binter, and eight ATR 72 with registration EC-KGI, EC-KGJ, EC-KRY, EC-KSG, EC-KYI, EC-LAD, EC and EC-LFA-LGF.
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.
Accidents and incidents
- On 18 October 2016, a ATR 72-600 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 to 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 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.
- Binter Mediterraneo – former sister airline of BC.
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- BINTER CANARIAS FLEET
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