Ryanair Base Closure Means 58 Staff Redundancies

The closure of Ryanair’s base here in Lanzarote on 8th January means 58 employees of the airline will be made redundant here, out of a total of 432 across Spain. Read more. Ryanair Base Closure Lanzarote.

September Visitors Down

Visitors to Lanzarote fell in September versus 2018. It was the first fall recorded this year. The drop was small at 1.2%. Fuerteventura was worst hit was a decrease of over 8%, Gran Canaria recorded a 6.1% drop and Tenerife a 3.1% decrease. Figures for the year overall for Lanzarote remain positive at a 0.8% increase over last year.

Government Seeking Ways to Reduce Thomas Cook Impact

A meeting of the President, tourism minister and hotel owners was held to begin to draw up plans to deal with what is being called the “Thomas Cook Crisis.” Various options were discussed, including promotional campaigns to attract new markets to Lanzarote and discounts on airport fees to encourage more airlines to fly here from other parts of Europe. The plight of some businesses and freelancers who worked with Thomas Cook was also discussed, many of who are owed up to three months worth of invoice payments. Ways are being sought to provide them with some financial support.

Shipwreck To Be Removed By December 2020

The wreck of the Telamon, between Arrecife and Costa Teguise will be removed by the end of next year. The ship, which ran aground in 1981 will be dismantled in place and most of the materials will be sold for scrap. Work is expected to start in December this year. Here’s the story of the ship. Lanzarote’s Shipwreck.

Yaiza Reduces Taxes Again

Yaiza Ayuntamiento has reduced IBI (Like council tax on properties) for the fifth consecutive year. The annual tax on properties in the municipality, including Playa Blanca, goes down from 0.512 to 0.48% of the catastral value. They have also agreed subsidies of 50% on the installation of renewable energy equipment on new build properties.

50 Migrants Arrive

50 immigrants, including 12 children,  arrived from Sub Saharan Africa this week in several boats. They were all intercepted by Guardia Civil who have detained them. They will returned to their countries of origin.