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First Post-Covid International Flight To Lanzarote Arrives From Manchester

Wednesday June 24, 2020

First Post-Covid International Flight To Lanzarote Arrives From Manchester

The Ryanair flight from Manchester touched down at Cesar Manrique Airport yesterday morning, making it the first international service to arrive on the island since March.

The Spanish Government reopened the country’s borders to international travel on June 21st and further services from the UK are expected to arrive this week on Friday from both Dublin and London Stansted.

Tourists arriving on Lanzarote are being met with a three-phase safety and security procedure which involves temperature checks, visual checks and a requirement to provide full accommodation details in order to facilitate future tracking and testing, should the need arise.

Whilst Lanzarote’s Cabildo President, Dolores Corujo welcomed the resumption of international flights as a positive sign of recovery the response from the Asolan, the hoteliers association, was far more muted.

Spokesperson Francisco Martinez stated that these arrivals were either residents or tourists arriving to stay in private villas, as no hotel or apartment complex is yet open to welcome guests. And he expects only 10% of his members establishments to open during July and August – bringing the number of hotel beds available on Lanzarote during the summer down to around 7000 or 8000, when normal capacity is around ten times that amount.

His outlook for the winter season was little brighter. Reflecting the fact that the communal nature of most hotel’s business models, even when allowing for post-Covid modifications, looks extremely vulnerable. A factor that may well benefit the private rental sector – which allows much greater scope for tourists to maintain social distancing and limit contacts.

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