Ryanair will resume operations with flights from Santiago and Valencia on June 21 and Iberia Express will recover the Sunday connection with Madrid
Little by little and gradually, Lanzarote will begin this Sunday, June 21, its reopening to peninsular tourism, coinciding with the conclusion of the state of alarm, in force since March 15. The Ryanair airline will resume operations with the Lanzarote-César Manrique Airport, interrupted after the tourist closure of the island due to the pandemic caused by Covid-19, with a flight from Santiago de Compostela (scheduled arrival 11.50 am) and another from Valencia (scheduled arrival 16.20 hours) on that Sunday, June 21. In addition, Iberia Express will recover the Sunday connection to Madrid that day (expected arrival at 14.40 hours).
At the moment, the arrival of too many tourists is not expected, since most of the hotel complexes are still closed, but it is a first opening to the so-called new normality.
The president of the Cabildo of Lanzarote, Mª Dolores Corujo, points out that “in the face of the new normality, our priority will continue to be people’s health and therefore we will continue to focus on offering the maximum sanitary guarantees to both those who visit us and residents.” In this sense, the president stresses that “although the island has been recognized even by the central government for its speed and efficiency in reacting to a health eventuality, we are not going to let our guard down and we will continue to ensure the safety of the entire citizenship”.
For his part, the Councilor for Tourism Promotion of the Cabildo of Lanzarote, Ángel Vázquez, highlights “the active participation of Tourism Lanzarote in the ‘Canarias Fortaleza’ project promoted by the autonomous government with the aim of identifying and implementing the appropriate health protocols before the tourist reopening of the islands “. The counselor recalls that “the project has twenty groups working in a specific category, such as airlines, infrastructure or points of tourist interest, among others, in order to prioritize the safety of residents and tourists.”
On the other hand, Ángel Vázquez clarifies that “the real tourist impact of the gradual recovery from this Sunday of the air connections with the Peninsula will be determined by the occupation of the flights and the profile of the passengers, who may well be residents and close people or tourists who choose rural accommodation and vacation homes, until the reopening of the hotel accommodation plant. ”
In addition to the aforementioned connections with Valencia and Santiago de Compostela, which will have two weekly frequencies during June and July, from Monday June 22 Ryanair will resume its operations with Madrid, which will have three weekly frequencies until the end of June, increasing one more in July, and with Seville with two weekly.
The end of restrictions on mobility between autonomous communities will also cause Iberia Express to increase weekly frequencies to Madrid by three to three, a connection that will have a daily flight in July. In addition, Vueling will return to operate on Saturday, June 27 with Barcelona, a connection that will become daily in the month of July.
For its part, Air Europa plans to return to operate at the Lanzarote-César Manrique Airport from July 3, establishing from that day two weekly connections with Madrid. On July 15, it will re-establish the route with Santiago, with two weekly flights; on July 16 with Bilbao, with three weekly flights; and on July 17 with Asturias, with a weekly connection.