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Easter Celebrations Start in Lanzarote

Lanzarote is a Catholic island and to mark the the beginning of the Holy week hundreds of parishioners accompanied the statue of Jesus through the streets of the capital
for the procession of the Señor de la Burrita. At 10.30 am on Palm Sunday the church of San Ginés in Arrecife was crowded by the parishioners as the Holy Mass began with a programme of songs for the celebration directed by Professor Carmen Dolores Rodríguez. This was a very special celebration which centered on the reading of the Lord’s Passion.

When the mass was over image of the Lord of the Burrita made its exit to the Plaza de Las Palmas in front of the church where all those present carried olive branches which were blessed by the parish priest. The procession then made its way through the streets of the city followed by the parishioners who sang the songs of celebration throughout its journey.

All Time Record Figures Lanzarote Airport

National and international links to Lanzarote airport have helped reach a historical record with an increase of visitors to the island in the first 3 months of the year. It is expected that if this continues the year could close with more than 7.5 million passengers which would be an increase of just over 1.79 million passengers. This is the best record ever for this period.

In 2018 there was also a noticeable increase in passengers. More flights and destinations have contributed to this all time high and it is evident that the evolution of the airport has been a success when you compare figures back in 1996.

Lanzarote Fashion Weekend 2019

The star of this years Lanzarote Fashion Weekend is none other than the famous Spanish fashion designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada.
Her designs are well known all over the world for their vibrant colour and originality.

After last years event by the Catalan Spanish designer “Custo”, this year promises to be equally successful and both national and international media will travel to the island to cover the event.

It promises to be much more than just a fashion show. From the 17th to 19th May 2019 the island of Lanzarote converts into the epicentre of fashion and will showcase many of the islands locations such as the Cactus Garden, Castillo de San José and the Jameos del Agua.

Tickets can be bought here

Bodega in Femes

Another bodega on its way but this time not situated in the wine region of La Geria but close by in the mountains close to the village of Femes. This is a sector on the island of Lanzarote that continues to grow. Femes which is in the county of Yaiza is recognised more as a cheese as it has a strong livestock and agricultural tradition but for the first time it intends to launch a winery in the southern core. The prodject has been instigated by local businessman Domingo Cabrera, under the name of Bodegas Tierra Virgen. The expectation is to break into the market with a circulation of a vintage close to 40,000 bottles.

Timanfaya Makes Tests For Driverless Coaches

Professionals of the Motor Vehicle Safety Institute and the Flight Mechanics Group (GMV) have successfully completed the mapping and data collection for the tourist volcanic coach tour in Timanafaya National Park. This is one of the first phases to introduce coaches without drivers which is a revolutionary project for the use of ecological transport.

The equipment to carry out the mapping of the Volcano Route included differential GPS, stereo vision cameras and light detection and ranging instruments which is a optical remote sensing technique that uses lasers to obtain a dense sample of the surface of the earth producing exact measurements in three dimensions. The data will be used to simulate the Route of the Volcanoes at the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) in Madrid demonstration vehicle and has already successfully passed the first technical tests to guarantee the viability of its use in the project. New tests will analyze the behavior of the simulation of this complex route to address the difficulties that this project has to face.

The completion date of this project is set for May 2020. It is intended that the vehicles will then make the regular 14-kilometer trips without drivers.

New Radar to Improve Air Traffic Management

Last Monday “ENAIRE” the manager of air navigation in Spain has put into service a new radar in Lanzarote with the latest technology. It will allow a coverage and surveillance service to flights of the northeastern area of ​​the Canary Islands as well as traffic between the Islands and the Peninsula.

This new radar which serves the ENAIRE Air Control Center in the Canary Islands has an investment of more than 2.5 million euros. In addition it provides coverage to the aircraft for take off and landing for both Lanzarote and Fuerteventura airports. In total it will control the airspace within a radius of about 250 nautical miles, the equivalent of an area of ​​about 670,000 square kilometers.

The performance of this Spanish surveillance system known as Mode S is the most mature and implemented system available. The installation contributes to the international positioning of ENAIRE as an air navigation manager in the field of surveillance in line with the European requirements to progressively introduce new technologies that improve air traffic management in Europe.

Renovation to Barranco de Temisas

With a budgetary allocation of almost 175,000 euros through indirect taxes, repairs and restoration work is planned for the Barranco de Temisas in Haria, focusing on 400 linear meters.

The ravine presents a state of deterioration due to the abandonment of the agricultural activity that used to form part of the landscape. As a consequence an irregular courseway can be observed that has led to exesive vegetation and ruined affecting the stability of the ravine.

Action will be taken to prevent flooding of populated areas close to space hopefully before next winter.

Airport now officially Lanzarote – Cesar Manrique

Its official, surfing the Lanzarote airport website (Aena) you can now see that the name has now changed as proposed earlier in the year to Lanzarote- César Manrique. The Minister of Development, José Luis Ábalos has signed the order for the airport to change its name to commemorate the centenary of the artist.

The new name is in memory of the legacy of the Canarian artist who’s work is prominent on the island. For more information on this well respected artist please click here

New Developement for Puerto del Carmen

As one of the oldest and most developed resorts, Puerto del Carmen still has pockets of undeveloped land. One of the reasons is that a lot of this land is privately owned and the council of Tias is unable to make any improvements to these areas to introduce new facilities for the public. However, the council is about to recieve 8,508 square metres for commercial developement. The area will be between the roundabout at Rancho Texas towards the first developements moving towards the town. The area will be used for to parks and green areas and the rest of the surface will be for streets, sidewalks and infrastructure.

Marine Park in Puerto Naos

The Port Authority of Las Palmas approved in the board of directors the agreement for the construction of a marine park in Naos, in Arrecife, near the monument that honors the victims of the fishing boat Cruz del Mar.

The initiative is expected to require an investment of more than 3.17 million euros, said the president of the Cabildo, Pedro San Ginés, present in the board of directors. Part will be executed this year, leaving the auction for 2020, provided there are no complications in the process of land transfer by the Port Authority.