Binter commences Porto Santo flights
The Spanish company Binter Canarias SA takes over the air connections to Porto Santo this coming Tuesday, 5th June, with two daily flights in each direction. Prices for a round trip are from €137.50 for non-residents, and €72.50 for residents, while students from Porto Santo have a special rate.
The contract was awarded to the airline after a public tender launched in October last year, and lasts for a period of three years, with an approximate value of €5.6 million. The first flight of the day leaves Madeira at 7.00am, returning from Porto Santo at 8.00am. In the afternoon, the plane departs Madeira at 5:00pm with the return scheduled for 6:00pm. The journey between the two islands lasts between 15 and 20 minutes. Binter website here.
Porto Santo tests electric cars
The Diario today reports that 20 electric cars are heading for Porto Santo, part of an initiative named “Electric Mobility Program” – developed between the Madeiran Electricity Company, EEM, and and French car-maker Renault. The scheme will be officially unveiled today and is part of a larger project called ‘Porto Santo Sustentável – Smart Fossil Free Island’.
The aim of this project is to make the island a European territory without fossil fuels and near-zero emissions of carbon dioxide, in order to guarantee its environmental, social and economic sustainability in the medium and long term and, as well as providing a differentiating factor for the island as a tourist destination.
The mayor of the island and local taxi drivers have been among the first to test the vehicles.