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Lanzarote confident in British market despite small winter drop 

PAGE 14 LANZAROTE

The World Travel Market in London has confirmed that the British market maintains its stability and strength in Lanzarote.

This is despite the fact that this winter will see a slight decrease of 1.3% in the slots reserved by UK operators, due to the bankruptcy of the Monarch airline and the overcapacity of previous years, among other factors The meetings held at the London fair confirmed that German tourism is recovering and the island continues to advance in emerging markets such France, with an increase of 9% and 19.3% of slots respect-ively, for this season.

“The United Kingdom maintains its strength in Lanzarote, continues to be a dynamic market, and despite the uncertainty of Brexit, a significant impact is not expected in principle,” said Cabildo president, Pedro San Ginés. He stressed that Lanzarote had to continue working along the same lines but did not want more tourists. Instead, they wanted those who did choose the island for their holidays to spend more.

Chief executive officer of the Foreign Promotion Society of Lanzarote, Héctor Fernández said the latest figures “give us peace of mind and is great news, even experiencing a slight decline for this winter of just 1.3% in the reserve of slots ( landing and take-off) at Lanzarote Airport.” This, he said, was due to various factors, such as the overcapacity of previous seasons or the opening of competing destinations, but above all, due to the recent demise of the Monarch company. “It must be said, however, that other airlines such as Jet2, easyJet and British Airways, have begun to occupy part of the gap left by what has been one of the most traditional companies in the United Kingdom,” he said. ” In this sense, we must remember that the connectivity with the British market is quite good: after the disappearance of Monarch, there are currently seven airlines that connect Lanzarote with the United Kingdom and only with London there are a total of 40 weekly flights.”