Eco Finca Builds Private Desalination Plant

Finca de Arrieta, the eco friendly, off grid holiday complex in Arrieta has added a desalination plant to turn the salt water from its 100 year old well into pure, clean water. The plant runs on solar energy and provides water for the whole complex, making it totally green and in contrast to the island’s main diesel powered desalination plant.

Unemployment Up In 2019

Lanzarote closed 2019 with 11,339 people registered as unemployed, an increase of 4.2% on the previous year. About half of those unemployed live in Arrecife.

Population Up Too

Lanzarote’s population at the end of 2019 reached a new high of 161,100, an increase of 3,500 over 2018. Arrecife is the most populous by a large margin, with 65,500 inhabitants, with Teguise second with 23,000. The municipality of Haria remains the one with the smallest population at 5,500. Overall, the island has 81,600 men and 79,500 women.

Electric Car Charging Points For Arrecife

Arrecife will have four new electric car charging points installed this year. The project has gone out to tender, with work expected to start next month.

Ryanair Staff In Limbo After Base Closure

The Irish airline closed it’s base in Lanzarote this week, as they said they would, but they failed to give any official notice to the workers, as required by Spanish Law. The first official notification staff received from the company was a memo requiring them to return their uniforms, airport passes and any other equipment belonging to the airline. So far, only around a dozen of the 50 Lanzarote based staff have been offered jobs in other bases on the mainland. As well as closing the base here, Ryanair have also cut flights to Lanzarote from Leeds, Newcastle, Knock, Berlin and Valencia, and are also stopping fights from Liverpool and Santiago de Compostela.

British Ambassador Visiting Lanzarote To Talk About Brexit

British Ambassador Hugh Elliott will be visiting Lanzarote this month to provide the latest information to British residents in relation to Brexit, including healthcare and pensions. The meeting will be held in Puerto del Carmen on 21st January  – details are here.