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Tourism chiefs aim to save Lanzarote to Madrid night flight 

Tourism chiefs in Lanzarote have pledged to do all they can to secure the future of a night flight about to be axed between the island and Madrid.

They say the service is essential for people who want to carry out any sort of business or social engagement in one day and will be meeting with various airlines to discuss the way ahead.

Their concern follows the decision of Ryanair to bring forward the flight which currently leaves at 9.40pm to 11.20am with effect from October 28th.

Councillor for tourist pro-motion, Ángel Vázquez (PP) confirmed: “We are going to do all possible so that a nocturnal connection is maintained.”

A meeting took place last week between Turismo Lanzarote-SPEL and Ryanair managers in Dublin and there will be a second on September 28th in Lanzarote with the CEO of IberiaExpress and in which Ángel Vázquez himself will participate

In addition, Sr. Vázquez intends to meet next October 25th with directors of Air Europa, taking advantage of his trip to Madrid to participate in an act of presentation of the Festival Enogastronómico Saborea Lanzarote to be held the last weekend of November in Teguise.

However, he said he recognised the difficulty of recovering this connection at least in the short term, because the airlines “reprogramme their schedules with a lot of time in advance, from one season to another, and attending to the performance of their flights.”

For instance, a meeting had taken place with easyJet to see if the airline would recover its connection between Lanzarote and Madrid but “they dis-missed it because they have closed their base of operations in Madrid. “