Lanzarote Airport: The jewel of the Canaries

The Canary Island of Lanzarote has been a hotspot for European holidaymakers for decades. While COVID-19 has thrown a temporary spanner in the works, its popularity – especially with aviation enthusiasts – is set to soar once again post-pandemic, as Tom Batchelor finds out

 Travellers from the UK make up the largest proportion of inbound foreign tourists, with a 38% market share. Here, British Airways Airbus A321neo, G-NEOY (c/n 9209), prepares to return to its London/Heathrow base

Sandwiched between Lanzarote’s sparse, volcanic interior and the Atlantic Ocean sits César Manrique airport, the Canary Islands’ third busiest gateway by passenger numbers. It is a dramatic location; to the south, steep, rocky mountains plunge to the sea, while just four miles to the north lies the island’s capital, Arrecife.

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