UK Travel Ban Lifted
Spain has lifted the ban on UK flights and ships, so effective 30th March 2021, UK citizens will once again be able to travel to Spain and The Canary Islands, and will require a PCR test to do so. Currently the UK won’t allow international travel unless for legitimate reasons, but it is hoped that will be removed in May.
Covid Testing Service Opens At Lanzarote Airport
The Covid testing service at the airport has opened this week, offering PCR (€70) or antigen (€30) tests for travellers. Appointments must be booked online.
Hotel Opening Dates
Jameos Playa – 14th May 2021
THB Royal – 10th April 2021
THB Flora & THB Tropical Island – 15th April 2021
Wooden Houses Nearing Completion
Lanzarote’s first project using sustainable laminated wood for the construction, is nearing completion in Costa Teguise. The 32 duplexes will have private parking and a communal swimming pool. The pre-fabricated X-Lam panels are not only sustainable, they also offer greatly improved thermal and sound insulation compared to traditional building materials.
Teguise Under Fire
Teguise’s council are under fire currently. Firstly, they have been denounced by the socialist party for leaving Teguise Castle unprotected for more than a year. The castle had all its mortar removed pending a restoration, and has now sat with the walls unprotected for nearly 12 months. At the same time, a citizen in Costa Teguise has also denounced them after a section of the newly paved cycle way in town had to be dug up because of a sewage smell. He went on to point out that the smell was already there before the cycleway was put it, so it should have been dealt with as part of that work.
Runway Extension On Back Burner
AENA has released a report talking about possible expansion of Cesar Manrique airport and the often discussed runway extension has been put very much on the back burner. The airport can cope with up to 11 million passengers per year in its current format and the current record is 7.4 million, so it would take an unlikely increase in visitor numbers to justify the plan, which would lengthen the runway out to sea, to allow larger aircraft to use it.
Binter’s Fourth Embraer Is Called “Lanzarote”
Binter Canarias took delivery of the fourth of five Embraer E-195 E2’s this week and the airline has named the new aircraft “Lanzarote.” The E-195 is one of the greenest twin jet aircraft available today, renowned for very low fuel consumption and for being very quiet. In Binter’s configuration, there are 132 seats, with 31 inches between rows. Binter has the third youngest airline fleet in the world, with an average age of 3.53 years for its aircraft.
Spain Increases Upper Age Limit Of Astra Zeneca Vaccine
Spain has increased the upper age limit for the AZ Covid vaccine to 65 years – previously it was only being used on under 55’s.
Calima Brings High Temperatures To Island
Temperatures got into the 30’s this week in Lanzarote as a calima covered the island with hot air and sand from The Sahara.
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