Terminal 1 Opening Sunday
Terminal 1 at the airport will re-open this Sunday 21st June due to the expected increase in flights from that date. T2 will be closed down at the same time, so all flights will come into the main terminal at Cesar Manrique Airport. T2 will re-open during the summer as the number of flights ramp up to normal levels.
La Graciosa Fully Booked
The eighth Canary Island is reporting strong bookings for July and August from people from the islands. Last weekend the island received hundreds of visitors from Lanzarote, for the first time since lockdown began. La Graciosa has been virus free throughout the pandemic.
Backtrack On Testing
Despite insisting for several weeks that international visitors to the islands will require a Covid 19 test, President Angel Victor Torres has now admitted that it’s not a practical proposition, particularly with foreign travel likely to start next week, as opposed to the originally planned July 1st. The government are now working on a plan to conduct selective tests on those arriving from certain countries.
Mercadona To Open In Puerto del Carmen
Mercadona, the large supermarket chain, has submitted a request to open a new store at the La Perla shopping centre in Puerto del Carmen, which is currently being refurbished. The new store, if planning is approved, will be 1800 M2, and will be the fourth Mercadona on the island. Their other stores are in Arrecife – at Argana and Valterra and in Playa Honda.
Fruit Tree Campaign
The Cabildo has announced a campaign to get islanders to plant more fruit trees on the island. They’ve made 1,000 trees, including apricot, plum, fig, lemon and apple available at just €10 per tree. They can be bought from the experimental agricultural farm on the road between Monumento Campesino and Teguise between 0800 and 1230 every weekday.
New Lighting System For Runway
A new lighting system will be installed in the ocean, on the 03 runway approach, to provide better information to aircraft landing at dusk or at night. The new gantry and lights are described as less obtrusive than the current lighting, and will be mounted on a new platform, with a total of 36 light.
No Patients In ICU
A milestone was passed this week when the last patient on the islands with Covid 19 left intensive care. There remain 11 people in hospital across the islands, but all are on normal wards.
San Antonio Refurbishment Approved
Tias Ayuntamiento has approved the plan to refurbish Hotel San Antonio in Puerto del Carmen. The San Antonio was the second hotel to be built in the resort, in 1972. The investment will be €15 Million. The newly refurbished hotel will remain a 4 star, and will have more luxurious rooms, more family rooms, and there will be some new high end villas on the plot.
CACT Tourist Centres Re-Open
The seven official attractions in Lanzarote, including Mirador del Rio, James del Agua and Timanfaya will re-open on Friday 19th June. For the first ten days, entry will be free, in order to allow island residences to re-connect with the famous works.
Papagayo Road To Be Repaired
The road to Papagayo is currently being regraded, with the addition of new aggregate, compacting and new drainage channels, preparing the road for an influx of tourist traffic over the next few weeks. The project is costing €42,000.