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Fuel protest takes to streets in the Canaries

Posted by dolly diver on June 13, 2008
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Hundreds of lorries are expected to take part in a protest at spiralling fuel prices in several of the Canary Islands today.

An estimated 300 trucks, vans and coaches will turn out in a Canarian version of the mobilisation of hauliers that has brought Madrid and Barcelona to a standstill several times this week.

The protest has been organised to voice anger at the failure of the government to take steps to mitigate the rising cost of fuel in the transport sector. Snail’s pace traffic is expected in Las Palmas, Arrecife and Puerto de Rosario at various times of the day.

In Tenerife sector representatives have opted not to take to the streets but instead hand in a petition asking for urgent measures.

Update 13.6.08 @ 16:00
Lorry drivers in Tenerife are blockading the Port in Santa Cruz, other drivers are causing chaos on the motor ways by driving slowly.

Later this year a new high tech satellite system will be put into operation throughout the Canaries. The new system, know as the Seahorse Network, is able to track drug and people traffickers for several days before they come ashore.

The system will connect intelligence agencies in Portugal, Mauritania, Senegal and the Cape Verde Islands to the main headquarters in Las Palmas to monitor boat traffic along the coast of West Africa.

The system operates via SpainSat, (see pic right) a satellite owned and operated by Spain’s Ministry of Defence.

Seahorse network will gather information from the various intelligence agencies as well as making use of data obtained from the marine Automatic Identification System, AIS, which tracks every vessel over 500 tons in the Eastern Atlantic.

Winter flight deals from Jet2

Posted by dolly diver on May 22, 2008
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www.jet2.com  has launched a sale on winter flights to the Canary Islands.
The low-cost carrier is offering reduced one-way fares to Tenerife from £49.99.
Flights are available now and include taxes and charges.
Those looking to escape the typically gloomy British winter can make bookings “right the way through until March 2009″.
Travellers can make their way from Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle and Blackpool airports.
In an announcement on its official website, the carrier said: “If you like planning ahead and are looking to catch some winter sun then why not head to the Canaries with Jet2.com.”

 

 

By Matt Walker

BBC

 

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Thomsonfly is now offering winter holiday flights from nine UK airports including Gatwick and Manchester.

Thomsonfly claims to offer the most comprehensive range of flights from UK airports to winter sun favorite the Canary Islands, with flights starting from £54.99 one way.

“As well as offering great low fares and service options including pre-booked seating and quality, hot meals, Thomsonfly provides customers with convenience and flexibility by flying to many exciting destinations from their local airport. This is why Thomsonfly was voted ‘the consumers’ favorite leisure airline’ at the 2007 British Travel Awards,” says Thomsonfly commercial director, Guy Stephenson.

Flights from Gatwick airport go to Malaga, Alicante, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Paphos, Salzburg and Funchal. From Manchester airport Thomsonfly flies to Malaga, Alicante, Salzburg, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Paphos, Lanzarote, Marrakech and Funchal.

During the winter season the airline will also be offering flights from East Midlands airport to Alicante, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote.

The other UK airports included in Thomsonfly’s winter flights programme include Coventry, Doncaster, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Newcastle and Luton.

Check it out www.thomsomfly.com  

Heat wave warning

Posted by dolly diver on April 25, 2008
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Batten down the hatches and switch on the aircon as the Canary Islands are in for a sweltering week-end with temperatures well into the 30s, according to the Met Office.

This morning at 11am the temperature at Reina Sofia Airport was reading 34° and the blanket of dusty air is gradually creeping towards Los Gigantes.

Yesterday saw the warmest day of the year so far in many parts as a mass of warm desert air (calima) hung over the Islands.

Forecasters predict more of the same until at least Sunday, particularly in southern areas.

Several islands have placed forest fire brigades on stand-by in case the dry air and high temperatures trigger blazes.

People with asthma and other respiratory ailments have been advised to stay out of the sun and keep windows closed to prevent dust from worsening their condition.

(22.4.08)
The Canarian Department of Tourism has announced that tourism has increased by more than five per cent this quarter, compared to the same period last year, and declares the Canaries top Spanish tourist destination with 2.7 million foreign visitors.

Together, in March, the islands hosted over 1 million foreign visitors, which is a 3.8% increase on March 2007

The minister for Tourism, Rita Martín, is delighted with the first quarter’s results but emphasised the importance of continuous improvements of products and infrastructure available in the Canary Islands.

The islands saw an 80% increase in visitors from Poland in March, followed by the Swiss, 50% up and Austrians, up almost 20%.

Figure announced by The Canarian Department of Tourism

Tenerife, 370,180 tourists in March. 2,638 more than 2007
Gran Canaria had 306,924 visitors in March, up by 21,709 on last year.
Lanzarote had 169,065 over the same period, 5% more than 2007.
In Fuerteventura there was an increase of almost 3%, 142,042 people,
La Palma 14,596 visitors in March, up a disappointing 0.5% on 2007.

Sector leaders have warned, however, that the bumper figures should be treated with caution given that they are not comparable to previous years because Easter fell unusually early this year.

Monarch launches winter schedules

Posted by dolly diver on April 10, 2008
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Monarch airlinesStaying ahead of the game is key to an airline’s success and award winning low fare airline Monarch is once again leading the way by announcing its Winter 2008/2009 schedules from Birmingham and London Luton, with the schedules for Manchester and London Gatwick to be announced shortly.

The schedules, which are on sale now via www.flymonarch.com  includes increased frequencies to Tenerife.

Commenting on the launch of the schedule, Liz Savage, managing director of Monarch’s scheduled services, said: “We’re once again ahead of our rivals by putting our entire Winter programme on sale before the summer months begin, and with more flights to the destinations our passengers want, we’re giving them exactly what they want too.

“Demand for travel to the Canary Islands in particular has been huge for Winter and we’re pleased to be able to offer 15% more seats compared to last Winter from Birmingham and 10% from London Luton”.

A new computer programme Siapol, (Integrated Police Action Service), which will provide information as well as assist with training in local police forces throughout the Canary islands, has been introduced by the Canarian Government.

Canarian Minister for security, Jose Miguel Ruano said the new programme will give local police the tools they need to fight crime in today’s world.

Siapol allows access to more than four hundred sources of criminal law, new developments, changes to the law and legal news which will assist officers dealing with the majority of cases.

21,000 health service workers will go ahead with a two hour strike today in the Canaries after a late meeting yesterday failed to find a solution to end the dispute. The action could lead to serious disruption in health centres and hospitals, particularly outpatients and A&E units.

The regional government may even have worsened the situation by deciding to call just one of the public sector unions in for the last-minute talks. Other unions say the ‘divide and separate’ tactic has strengthened resolve in the ongoing dispute over the Department of Health’s failure to implement an agreement on working conditions, including pay, struck in 2007.