Lanzarote News In Brief – Week 50

€14 Million For Maintenance And Beautification

The Cabildo has asked companies to tender for up to €14 million over the next three years to provide cleaning and tidying services in both Lanzarote and La Graciosa. The job will require the cleaning and tidying of walking trails, and the removal of waste and weeds. Companies tendering will have to follow strict rules around taking on workers who are currently unemployed.

Condor Flight Blocks Runway

A Condor aircraft arriving from Hamburg caused a short delay after landing and coming to a halt on the runway at Cesar Manrique Airport on Tuesday. The aircraft landed safely, but then suffered a problem with the landing gear, which meant it had to be towed off the runway before operations could re-commence. The delay lasted about 20 minutes, with aircraft on approach having to hold, and those waiting to take off, sitting on the taxi way.

Skating Rink In Puerto del Carmen

A skating rink has opened for Christmas at Centro Deportivo Fariones (The Fariones Sports Centre, near the hotel) in Puerto del Carmen. From now until 22nd December, it will be open from 5 PM until 9 PM, and from the 23rd until 6th January, additionally from 10 AM until 1 PM, reverting until afternoons only from 7th January until the 31st. The price is €10 per half hour including skates.

New Hotel Opens In Playa Blanca

The MYND Hotel, on the site of what used to be Sun Park, will open on 16th December, after a €12 million refurbishment. The new hotel is a 4 star and has 660 beds, 4 swimming pools, bars, 2 A la Carte restaurants, a spa, a gym and a cycling centre.

Sailing Boat Aground

A sailing yacht, which was anchored and broke loose on Sunday is aground off Playa Dorada in Playa Blanca. Emergency services have removed the owner’s belongings from the 14 tonne vessel and are now trying to work out how to recover the boat.

Big Month For Cruise Ships

Twenty cruise ships are expected to dock in Arrecife during December, including Aida Sol and Aida Nova, Marella Explorer, Mein Schiff, Azura and Le Belle des Oceans. Norwegian Sun arrives on the last day of the year.

7 Flights Diverted Over Weekend

A total of 7 flights had to be diverted to other airports over the weekend, due to winds gusting up to 70 KMH and low cloud. 3 went to Tenerife South and 4 to Fuerteventura.

Strong Waves On Monday

An alert has been issued for string waves on Monday this week. Waves of 4 to 5 metres are expected during the morning, with a south westerly wind. The wind will change to a westerly at around 1PM and gradually die down.

Unemployment Falls Again

Unemployment on Lanzarote fell another 1.19% during October, leaving 9,227 people claiming benefit. The latest drop means that the percentage of unemployed on the island has fallen by more than 18% over the last year.

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

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