The row over having to obtain a certificate of residence, to take advantage of travel discounts enjoyed by islanders, could well be over with the announcement of a new, computerised scheme being introduced by local airline, Binter.
A new ruling by central government, requiring all residents to provide proof of residence, obtained from their town hall, came into force on September 1 with the intention of helping to prevent fraud.
Not surprisingly, perhaps, the scheme was not well received by Canarians, with tales of long queues at town halls struggling with the extra workload.
However, Binter have now introduced a computerised system, giving them access to the town hall records of people on the Electoral Register, a facility unavailable previously due to issues with the Data Protection Act.
The new system, the Automatic Private Accreditation System (SARA), which is soon to be taken up by other airlines, will allow passengers to book on-line as before and the system will automatically confirm their entitlement to the discount by accessing the relevant town hall records.