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Lanzarote feels Nordic boom as TUI announces more flights 

PAGE 14 LANZAROTE

TUI Nordic, one of the biggest tour operators in Scandinavia, is to launch during the next winter season a direct weekly connection linking the Swedish airport of Malmö with the island of Lanzarote.

Specifically, the flight will depart every Friday to Lanzarote between the period from October 20, 2017 to April 13, 2018.

Through this, the Nordic operator will increase the capacity “by 30 per cent the number of trips from Sweden to Lanzarote”.

TUI says its decision to expand the connectivity from this regional airport “is an initiative that responds to the great interest among our passengers to travel to the Canary Islands and to Lanzarote”.

TUI Nordic is also exploring the possibility of programming for next summer more connections, in this case between Lanzarote and other Canary Islands with the international airport of Copenhagen-Kastrup, located just eight kilometres south of the capital of Denmark.

Malmö airport, also known as Malmö-Sturup, is located in the Swedish town of Svedala, approximately 28 kilometres east of Malmö, and through the Oresund bridge, it connects with the city of Copenhagen, which is around 55 kilometres.

Councillor for tourism of the Cabildo of Lanzarote, Echedey Eugenio, emphasised that “this is good news as it improves connectivity with the wide range of potential tourists from the countries of Northern Europe.

“In this sense, Tourism Lanzarote continues to work to consolidate the image of the island in the powerful Scandinavian market, one of the most stable in the world, which also values our destination very positively, so it is undoubtedly one of the strategic objectives of the insular entity of promotion,” he added.

According to Promotur-Frontur data, the influx of Nordic tourists arriving in Lanzarote from Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway, recorded a five per increase in 2016. This surpasses the average for the Canaries as a whole, which grew 4.7 per cent, as well as the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife, which experienced a rise of 3.1 per cent and 3.4 per cent respec-tively.

CEO of the Lanzarote Foreign Promotion Society, Hector Fernández said: “Scandinavian markets together constitute the fifth international force to the island, with more than 117,000 tourists arriving last year, compared to almost 111,500 in 2015.”