Lanzarote’s population increased by 1% to just over 148,000 in the year to January 2018. 12% of the population is now over 65 years old. The number of residents born in Spain fell, while the number of foreigners living here increased by just over 5%.
Unemployment on the island fell during 2018, with a total of 10,879 on the dole at year end, compared to 11.397 at the end of 2017.
President On The Island
President Pedro Sánchez chose Lanzarote for his new year holiday. He arrived on 29th December and is currently still on the island. He is staying in the former King’s house in Costa Teguise with his wife and two daughters. The family toured the island earlier this week.
Airport Improvements Signed Off
The airport authority has signed off on a number of planned improvements to Lanzarote Airport, which will soon be renamed Aeropuerto Cesar Manrique. New lighting and air conditioning will be installed in the terminal, and the roads within the airport boundaries will be resurfaced.