Lanzarote News In Brief – Week 4

La Graciosa Ferries Suspended

Ferries between La Graciosa and Lanzarote were suspended on Thursday due to very large swells all around the islands. They were reinstated on Friday morning.

Air Traffic Controller Strikes Planned

The Air Traffic Controller’s Union has planned a series of strikes, which, if they go ahead, will affect Lanzarote. The strikes will take place on Mondays, starting on 30th January and continuing on 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th February. It’s hoped that a new collective agreement will be reached before the end of January deadline.

Fish Farm At Playa Quemada To Close

The fish farm at Playa Quemada will close down and be dismantled in the next few weeks, with the 50 staff being made redundant. The farm has been in operations for 22 years, but various campaigns suggesting it affects the quality of the water in the area have lead to it’s operating licence not being renewed. José Maria Torres, spokesman for the operator, Dimagaza was scathing about the decision, pointing out that the staff of skippers, divers, scientists and packers have lost stable employment outside the tourist sector, and also that fish farms operate successfully on other islands.

Flights To Granada And Ibiza

Binter Canarias will start flights to Granada on the Spanish peninsular, and Ibiza in The Balearic Islands this summer. Flights from The Canaries will take place twice and week to the former and once a week to the latter.

Mayor Requests Cruise Ships For Playa Blanca

At the official opening ceremony for the new ferry port in Playa Blanca over the weekend, Mayor of Yaiza, Oscar Noda, advocated for an agreement from The Cabildo and the Canarian government to allow small and medium cruise ships to dock at the new port.

Fred Olsen Record

Fred Olsen carried a record 527,000 passengers and 132,000 vehicle between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura in 2022. The company offers 24 daily sailings between the islands. Their new ticket office at the terminal in Playa Blanca opened last week. Across The Canaries, the company had 19,500 sailings last year, transporting more than 3 million people.

Inflation Down To 5.8%

Inflation in the islands dropped to 5.8% in December, down 1.1% from November and largely due to the decrease in fuel and electricity prices.

Wind And Waves Expected

Strong winds, with gusts of up to 70kmh, and big waves are expected on the island this Wednesday, lasting until late night.

We’ll add more news here as it comes in……..

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