Binter Canarias
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1989; 35 years ago (1989)
Frequent-flyer programBintermás
Fleet size37
HeadquartersTelde and San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain
Key peoplePedro Agustín del Castillo Machado (CEO)[2]

Binter Canarias S.A. is the flag carrier of the Spanish autonomous community of the Canary Islands, based on the grounds of Gran Canaria Airport in Telde, Gran Canaria and Tenerife North Airport, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain.[3] It is a regional air carrier operating inter-island services within the Canary Islands, and other Atlantic islands, it also operates to the Spanish Mainland and some European destinations, mainly in France and Italy. Affiliated airlines operate on behalf of Binter in services to Morocco, mainland Spain, Portugal and Western Sahara.


A former Binter Canarias Douglas DC-9 in 1997.
A former Binter Canarias Boeing 737-400 wearing a special livery in 2008.
A former Binter Canarias Beechcraft 1900 in 2012.

Foundation and early years

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 .[2] 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 service for Binter aircraft has been provided by BinterTechnic.[2]

Development since 2010

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. The airline also established Canarias Airlines as a low-fares subsidiary in 2011.

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.[4] 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.[5][6]

Since late 2017, Binter Cabo Verde took over inter-island flights in Cape Verde after the discontinuation of flights by TACV on 1 August 2017, as TACV was restructuring and privatising. Binter CV established a partnership covering TACV's international services, allowing TACV to offer connections to domestic destinations and seeking to strengthen inter-island connections. In 2019, Binter Cabo Verde was renamed as Transportes Interilhas de Cabo Verde (TICV) and, in 2021, the Canarian company sold its 70% stake in the airline to BestFly Worldwide, thus completing its divestment.[7]

In June 2018 it began the domestic operation between Madeira and Porto Santo Islands in the northern neighboring Madeiran archipelago.[citation needed]

The airline's first of ten Embraer E195-E2 aircraft started passenger revenue service in December 2019 as the European launch customer.[8]

In June 2023, Binter launched an additional subsidiary alongside Canarias Airlines. This subsidiary, Naysa Servicios Aéreos, uses the name of the former carrier which had been merged into Binter and Canarias Airlines in 2018.[9]


As of July 2022, Binter Canarias serves the following destinations:[10]

Country (Region) Destination Airport Notes Refs
Cape Verde Sal Amílcar Cabral International Airport
France Lille Lille Airport
Marseille Marseille Provence Airport
Toulouse Toulouse–Blagnac Airport
Gambia Banjul Banjul International Airport
Italy Florence Florence Airport
Venice Venice Marco Polo Airport
Mauritania Nouakchott Nouakchott–Oumtounsy International Airport
Morocco Agadir Agadir–Al Massira Airport
Fez Fès–Saïs Airport
Guelmim Guelmim Airport
Marrakesh Marrakesh Menara Airport
Portugal Madeira (Funchal) Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport
Porto Santo Porto Santo Airport
Ponta Delgada João Paulo II Airport
Spain (Canary Islands) 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
Tenerife Tenerife North Airport Hub
Tenerife South Airport
Spain (Mainland and Balearic Islands) A Coruña A Coruña Airport
Álava Vitoria Airport
Asturias (Oviedo) Asturias Airport
Jerez Jerez Airport
Menorca Menorca Airport
Murcia Región de Murcia International Airport
Palma de Mallorca Palma de Mallorca Airport
Pamplona Pamplona Airport
San Sebastián San Sebastián Airport
Santander Seve Ballesteros–Santander Airport
Santiago de Compostela Santiago–Rosalía de Castro Airport Seasonal
Begins 6 May 2024
Valladolid Valladolid Airport
Vigo Vigo–Peinador Airport
Zaragoza Zaragoza Airport
Senegal Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport
Western Sahara Laayoune Hassan I Airport
Dakhla Dakhla Airport


Current fleet

Binter Canarias ATR 72-600
Binter Canarias Embraer 195 E2

As of January 2024, Binter Canarias operates the following aircraft:[12][13]

Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
ATR 72-500 3 68
ATR 72-600 25 72 14 operated by Canarias Airlines
8 operated by Naysa Servicios Aéreos
Embraer E195-E2 9 7[14] 132 Deliveries until 2025.[15]
Total 37 7

Previous fleet

The Binter Canarias fleet has previously included the following aircraft:[12]

Accidents and incidents

See also


  1. ^ "Binter Canarias on". Retrieved 21 November 2023.
  2. ^ a b c "Binter- La Empresa Imagen Visión y Valores". Binter. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  3. ^ "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,[...]"
  4. ^ "More ATRs for Binter". Airliner World (December 2016): 9.
  5. ^ – Spain's Binter Canarias shutters Naysa Aerotaxis unit 2 March 2018
  6. ^ Naysa Aerotaxis retrieved 12 May 2018
  7. ^ Álvarez Montero, Moisés (9 July 2021). "Binter se desprende de su filial de Cabo Verde y deja de volar en el país" [Binter divests itself of its subsidiary in Cape Verde and stops flying in the country]. El Día (in Spanish). Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  8. ^ "Binter and Embraer celebrate the first delivery of the new E195-E2 jet aircraft". Corporative information – Binter. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  9. ^ Orban, André (30 June 2023). "Binter reincorporates Naysa for flights within the Canary Islands". Retrieved 1 January 2024.
  10. ^ "Binter – Information – Destinations". Binter Canarias. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  11. ^ "Binter adds short term Santiago de Compostela service in 2Q24". 22 January 2024.
  12. ^ a b "Binter Canarias Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 7 April 2023.
  13. ^ " – Binter Canarias". Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Binter Orders Six Further Embraer E195-E2s To Drive International Expansion". 20 June 2023. Retrieved 28 June 2023.
  15. ^ "Spain's Binter Canarias orders five more E195-E2s". ch-aviation. Retrieved 7 December 2022.
  16. ^ Hradecky, Simon (2016). "Incident: Binter Canarias AT72 at Tenerife and Gran Canaria on Oct 18th 2016, unsafe main gear". The Aviation Herald.

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