Here are the presentations in English and in Spanish:
This post looks at three bus companies which have very similar characteristics, albeit different sizes:
What we see instead are three very different sets of costs, with the highest (Tenerife) being over 50% higher per bus-kilometre than the lowest (Lanzarote). We would expect a priori that Tenerife and Gran Canaria would have lower costs due to economies of scale considerations, but this is clearly not the case. By far the largest difference between the three companies arises from personnel costs; although in Gran Canaria, average staff costs appear excessive, each member of staff is highly productive in terms of number of bus-kms per person when compared to Tenerife.
Note also that Lanzarote has the only company whose revenue exceeds its operating costs. In 2016, Intercity Lanzarote managed an average of €1.70 per bus kilometre so will probably be subsidy-free for the year.
Although Lanzarote’s company appears to be the most financially robust, it also serves the needs of its residents less, with the number of trips per person lower than on the other two islands. To make matters worse, a regression analysis based on the number of residents and tourists over a 15 year period suggests that, whilst tourists take the bus a (hypothetical) 25 times per annum on average, residents use the service only 10 times per annum. To put this figure into context, the municipal company operating services in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria achieves some 88 trips per person per annum and, at the other end of the scale, municipal busses in Arrecife (Lanzarote) manage a pitiful annual trip rate of 6.
In 2016, almost 75% of all journeys in Lanzarote were achieved on just three lines which cater principally for tourists, a significantly higher concentration than in 2012 (69%). So, to what extent is the Lanzarote company making money at the expense of the social welfare of its residents?
As far as British tourists are concerned, the Canary Islands in general and Lanzarote in particular may be considered a success story!
Here, we look at passenger volumes between the UK and resort airports. Therefore, places such as Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Athens and Istanbul are excluded from these numbers; we only include “resort” airports, which will have minimal business traffic and also much less city break tourists than cities.
We can see from the first chart that the Canary Islands are the second largest destination for British holiday makers. Others, such as Malta, Cyprus and the Caribbean have around 100,000 passengers per month, whilst Tunisia has collapsed since 2007 to less than 20% of its old volume. Not only is the Archipelago a large market but it has shown the second highest growth since 2007, just below Turkey.
If we look at the specific islands, Lanzarote has had the highest growth in the seven year period for British tourists. Since November 2014, though, growth in the British market has stalled but has continued growing on the other islands. By contrast, Gran Canaria had a rather deeper recession as far as UK tourists were concerned and has yet to recover.
Source: AENA/ISTAC Aviation Data
“I would like a taxi to take me from Puerto del Carmen at 6pm and then bring me back at 9pm, please”.
This, as are many other similar requests, is impossible under the current regime, which jealously guards municipal boundaries within Lanzarote, and elsewhere in Spain. What are the results of this parochial approach to the taxi system here?
A higher quality and more efficient taxi system could be developed very quickly if these artificial boundaries were removed. There would be one system, one telephone number (or even two or three, to cater for foreign tourists) and one website. Other benefits include:
Este documento proporciona la evidencia del fracaso de la GMA para desarrollar un servicio que satisfaga las demandas de la población de Arrecife para el transporte público adecuado. En 2013, el número de viajes registrada por GMA cayó a su nivel más bajo en 13 años, como podemos ver en la siguiente tabla. Continue reading→
There is a good deal of talk about the environment and sustainable transport, but what does this mean in practice? In brief, I would suggest that it means encouraging people to use their cars less and to provide a higher quality level of public transport. In theory, such a move would reduce emissions and reduce town centre congestion, both laudable aims in themselves. Continue reading→