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.
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
On 21st December Council Ministers decided to rename the airport to César Manrique airport. Although the new name has still not come into effect it is expected to be agreed and changed soon and could take place during the spring, considering that it will be in the month of April which will be the centenary of the artist’s birth.
Cesar Manrique is a well respected artist resposible for many of the architectural regulations on the island. His works dominate the landscape with wind machines positioned on the roundabouts and paintings depicting the volcanic landscape.
The main British airlines are planning to offer more than 600,000 seats between airports in the United Kingdom and Lanzarote during the current winter season which will last until the end of March, with an increase of 8.2% compared to last winter season. The boom is expected to serve, albeit at the expense of closing contracts, so that British tourism continues as the first support of the tourism sector in Lanzarote in the short and medium term and has been announced at a press conference. The German sector of tourism has planned 200,000 seats which is an increase of 27%
During the winter season, which starts on Sunday until the end of March, Lanzarote airport will add a weekly average of 565 connections, so there will be more activity than in the previous winter season, when the average was 523 weekly flights. There will be an increase of links with Germany, Great Britain and Ireland. There will also be 200 inter island Canarian flights per week and 55 links with peninsular points.
Terminal 1 in Arrecife airport will be the recipient of 2 million euros for new passport stalls. In 2019 the main terminal will have a new area for the control of passports with state of the ark equipment simular to other international airports.
The work includes dismantling existing booths, assembly of new control booths on the 12 existing boarding gates, renewal of automatic boarding gates, signaling and associated information screens and all electrical and communications networks.
In arrivals, with a budget of almost 1.24 million euros, there will be a modification of the current route of passengers once they disembark to carry out passport control by the National Police or by ABC control system (14 units are planned to be installed) ). Likewise, the rooms occupied by the Police will be updated with a proposal for new service areas (changing rooms and toilets), offices and police cells. The works include the demolition and dismantling of existing areas