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Lanzarote looks to Ryanair and Vueling for more flights 

PAGE 16 Lanzarote looks to  Ryanair and Vueling for more flights

Tourism chiefs on Lanzarote are working with Ryanair and Vueling to open new routes to the island.

A delegation from the Foreign Promotion Society of Lanzarote (SPEL), headed by its CEO, Héctor Fernández, recently held meetings with representatives of the two airlines.

The meeting in Dublin with Ryanair discussed the possibility that the company opens new routes with Germany and France for the 2018/2019 winter season or the summer of 2019. It is hoped the airline will also increase its operating base on the island in the medium and long-term.

Ryanair currently has about 30 routes open with the island, with a passenger quota of more than 20 per cent per annum of the traffic held by the airport of Lanzarote.

The possibility of adding new routes to those currently maintained by Vueling were also discussed, with Austria and Germany being men-tioned, as well as increasing frequencies with Barcelona or Paris.

The meeting advanced the possibility of establishing collaboration agreements in terms of sponsorship by Vuel-ing for important events to be held in Lanzarote, such as the Teguise Enogastronomic Festival, Live Arrecife, Liquid Sounds or Lanzarote Fashion Weekend .

Tourism councillor, Eched-ey Eugenio said both meetings had been very positive as part of Lanzarote’s bid to “diversify markets and seek a better tourist qualification for destiny.”