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El Hierro tells AENA to “open your eyes” over island airport 

Spain’s airport authority AENA has been told to “open your eyes” and recognise the growth of El Hierro’s airport.

Island president, Belén Allende says the authority must “eliminate all the blockages that prevent a normal development of air connectivity, according to the needs and figures in the movement of passengers and aircraft, which requires the urgent execution of a master plan that facilitates its present and future expan-sion.”

Belén Allende said the current system led to repeated delays and even suspension of operations at certain times over the weekend.

The island president urges AENA to determine what changes, if necessary, are required in the control, approach and lighting systems of the runway, so that the airport can operate in night hours and thus offer more flexibility of schedules to airlines and their users.

El Hierro has criticised the investment policy of AENA so far, describing it as “patchy”.

“A passenger terminal that at times is too small for us, completely inadequate car parks that do not represent quality, service and airport image, in short, facilities that could have been used in the past century, but which currently require urgent remodelling,” said Belén Allende.

The Cabildo also says the Government of the Canary Islands lacks involvement.

“I hope the Canarian Executive will adopt with the same passion and interest the airport deficiencies from El Hierro that we have seen in recent days with the Tenerife-Sur airport terminal,” said the island president.

Belén Allende described as “an historic record” the transit of passengers at the airport of El Hierro that already reflect the statistics of the first 10 months of this 2018, with figures that exceed 207,000 people , and that contrasts with the 2017 that reached 199,000 passengers, a figure that was also a record.

The average monthly growth is 31%, with an average of 20,000 passengers per month. Significant is also the fact that the month of July this 2018 exceeded in passengers to the month of July 2017, when the Bajada de La Virgen was celebrated, by 20% more.