Binter Canarias

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Binter Canarias
Binter logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Frequent-flyer programBintermás
SubsidiariesBinter CV (Abbreviation for Binter Cabo Verde)
Fleet size27
HeadquartersGran Canaria Airport
Telde, Gran Canaria and
Tenerife North Airport, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain
Key peoplePedro Agustín del Castillo Machado (CEO)[1]

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.[2] 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.


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 in Cape Verde; and Vigo and Mallorca in Spain .[1] 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.[citation needed]

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.[1]

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.

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.[3] 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.[4][5] Since late 2017, Binter Cabo Verde has taken over inter-island flights after its discontinuation of theirs by TACV on 1 August 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.


A former Binter Canarias Douglas DC-9
A former Binter Canarias Boeing 737-400 wearing a special livery
Binter Canarias ATR 72-500
Binter Canarias Bombardier CRJ1000

As of January 2019, Binter Canarias serves the following destinations:[6]

Cape Verde
The Gambia
Western Sahara


Current fleet[edit]

As of June 2020, Binter Canarias operates the following aircraft:[7][8]

Binter Canarias fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
ATR 72-500 7 68 Being phased out and replaced by ATR 72-600s.
ATR 72-600 16 72
Bombardier CRJ1000 1 100 3 wet-leased from Medavia
2 have been transferred from Air Nostrum to Medavia whilst still operating for Binter[9]
Embraer 195-E2 3 2 132 First aircraft started passenger revenue service in December 2019.[10]
Total 27 2

Fleet development[edit]

The first new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft has entered passenger service in December 2019, Binter Canarias being the European launch customer. Further the airline has converted two options for this type to firm orders.

Previous fleet[edit]

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).[citation needed]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 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.[citation needed]


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.[11][12] 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.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Binter- La Empresa Imagen Visión y Valores". Binter. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Legal Notice." Binter Canarias. Retrieved on 10 March 2019. "BINTER CANARIAS S.A., hereinafter BINTER CANARIAS, with registered offices at the Airport of Gran Canaria, Telde,[...]"
  3. ^ a b "More ATRs for Binter". Airliner World (December 2016): 9.
  4. ^ - Spain's Binter Canarias shutters Naysa Aerotaxis unit 2 March 2018
  5. ^ Naysa Aerotaxis retrieved 12 May 2018
  6. ^ - Destinations retrieved 19 January 2019
  7. ^ "Binter Canarias Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  8. ^ " - Binter Canarias". Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Bombardier Welcomes Binter to the Family of CRJ1000 Operators". Bombardier. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Binter and Embraer celebrate the first delivery of the new E195-E2 jet aircraft". Corporative information - Binter. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Binter Canarias flights and passenger information - Europelowcost". Europe Low Cost.
  12. ^ "Search Results - ERA".

External links[edit]

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