New High Speed Ferry Service For Lanzarote To Gran Canaria
Fred Olsen will be starting a new high speed ferry service running from Arrecife to Las Palmas. Their new catamaran, Betancuria Express, can travel at 38 knots, carrying 1600 passengers and 350 cars. This will cut the journey time down to 3.5 hours, allowing for two sailing per day. Currently the journey takes almost 6 hours outbound and 7.5 hours inbound.
New French Connections
French low cost airline Volotea has announced three new routes to Lanzarote, from Bordeaux, Marseilles and Toulouse, to join their existing service from Nantes. The new connections have been welcomed by the tourism department as part of their plan to diversify the island’s tourism market.
Registered Businesses Increase
The island finished the third quarter with 5,111 registered businesses – an increase of well over 100 on the previous year. All of the municipalities, with the exception of Teguise, showed an increase, with Arrecife leading the way with 84 more. Teguise finished the quarter with 14 fewer.
Electric Buses For Timanfaya
An 18 month project with over €1 Million funding has been announced to replace the existing buses used on the route around Timanfaya with electric buses. Using the new electric vehicles will reduce CO2 emissions in the national park by around 469 tons per year.