Jorge López Ravanals reminds the Government that "this bonus is not a privilege, it is a right of residents of the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla"
Report the rise in prices on air and sea tickets by companies whenever there is an increase in the discount
Remember that the cost of tickets purchased by residents has increased on average 12% since 2018, despite the significant decrease in the price of kerosene and airport taxes
Criticizes the CNMV report that points "to settlements to the citizen a posteriori, that is, that we pay in advance" September 30, 2020. The senator of the Popular Group for Menorca, Jorge López Ravanals, has demanded the Government of Sánchez that " maintain the 75% discount on air and sea ticket rates for non-peninsular residents "and has stated that said discount" is not a privilege, it is a right of citizens living in the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla ”.
This is how the senator of the GPP has pronounced in the Transportation Commission held today in the Upper House, where he has defended a motion of his Group in which he urges the Government not to modify the 75% discounts for the routes of the Autonomous Communities. of the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, as well as the Autonomous Cities of Ceuta and Melilla. Likewise, the initiative of the popular in the Senate demands that the Executive carry out an exhaustive monitoring of the 75% discount in the rates of air and sea tickets, adopting all the measures it deems necessary in order to avoid the unjustified increase and abusive of the price of these.
In this sense, López Ravanals has denounced that "every time there has been an increase in the discount for air and sea tickets, companies take advantage of this greater margin of purchasing capacity to increase the price of fares", for which reason it has demanded that the Ministry "extreme vigilance and act in defense of the interests of the inhabitants of the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla" In his opinion, "this practice results in detriment to residents in non-peninsular territories and to non residents, who see how the tickets are unjustifiably expensive ”.
For this reason, Ravanals has asked Minister Ábalos "a permanent monitoring of the rates to prevent companies from awarding part of the discount, putting at risk the discount for residents that has cost us so much to achieve." “Since in 2018, when the Government of President Mariano Rajoy increased the discount from 50 to 75% and included it in the PGE, the cost of tickets purchased by residents has increased on average by 12% , despite the significant decrease in the price of kerosene and airport taxes ”, he highlighted.
The GPP senator has also recalled that the Government of Spain has been requested that when purchasing a ticket online, the option to mark that "you are a resident" is marked at the end of the acquisition process, so that companies cannot change the price depending on whether you are a resident or not. "As of today, we are waiting for this option to be implemented," he said.
On the other hand, the senator of the PP for Menorca has criticized the CNMV report, which points out “to settlements to the citizen a posteriori, that is to say, that we pay in advance, in addition to establishing ceilings of the rebate amount without taking into account the cost real of the ticket ”. "As a last and great contribution, and therefore no less unfair and absurd" the report proposes applying tax exemptions to residents regardless of the total number of trips they make. "The people who have made this report, have not suffered, nor do they understand, the great inconvenience of the insularity, nor the extra cost that it represents for the citizen of these territories," he concluded.