The Canary Islands are one of the most appreciated winter sun destinations on the Belgian market. Annually, approximately 640,000 Belgians visit the Canary Islands and several thousand of them own a second home there.
The airline will begin flights on October 25. Tenerife South and Las Palmas are the two airports to benefit from the twice weekly flights.
“We continuously invest into an ever improving travel experience for both business travellers and vacationers,” said Lars Redeligx, Chief Commercial Officer at Brussels Airlines. “Next to offering new services such as b.family and soon the introduction of a new loyalty program that is also rewarding for the not-so-frequent-traveller, we continue to add new destinations to our network. Tenerife and Gran Canaria are number 20 and 21 in the list of new destinations for Brussels Airlines since we launched our new commercial strategy last year. The Canary Islands are very popular with Belgian holiday makers and a great addition to our growing sun and beach offer.”
Banana workers strike threat
A Canary Islands union has threatened a strike from banana workers if the local grower association does not sit with them soon to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement.
In a joint statement, General Workers Union (UGT) Canarias general secretary Gustavo Santana and UGT National agriculture secretary Miguel Rodríguez criticized the delays that so far have reached five months.
The quote said: “You have to speak to them in the language that hurts them most.”
UGP alleges the Association of Banana Producers of the Canaries (Asproccan) and the Regional Group of Canary Banana Growers Cooperatives (Coplaca) had a “strategy” to claim a union contract was invalid upon expiration, so they could switch to a model based on the Workers Statute.
UGT alleges that the motive was so that growers could fire employees and hire new staff with lower wages and poorer working conditions.
Manolo Blahnik honoured
Many of us have heard of the shoe designer, Manolo Blahnik, but not many of us know that he was born and raised in the Canary Islands.
Blahnik is to be honoured in September 2015 with the Couture Council for Artistry of Fashion Award from the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Manolo Blahnik, now in his seventies, will receive one of the few international awards arbitrated by a panel of editors, retailers, and journalists.
Past recipients include Carolina Herrera, Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld and the late Oscar de la Renta. Blahnik will be the first footwear designer to be honored.
Fire Drill in Gran Canaria Arena
El Gran Canaria Arena in Las Palmas was the scene today, Wednesday April 15, for an exercise in fire drill in which the building’s staff participated, together with representatives from the Ministry of Sports of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, and 30 members of the bodies of Fire, National Police and Cruz Roja.
The initiative began at 9am and lasted until noon
The fire drill was accompanied by smoke, so the building’s staff and nearby businesses were warned beforehand via press releases and online sources.