03/10/2012 Lanzarote/Canary Islands/Spain (BG) - The Air Navigation and Airport Association of Spain (AENA) have eliminated free parking at all Canarian airports, including Lanzarote’s Guacimeta airport. Up until this week those collecting or dropping passengers off at the airport could avail of half an hour free parking before being charged.
However as of Monday, October 1st, you will be charged from the minute you access either of the car parks. According to AENA the first half hour will cost you €0.40c while the full hour will cost you €0.85c. The charge for one and a half hours parking is €1.40 and €2.00 for two hours. After two hours the price of parking increases by €0.55c per hour.
Lanzarote’s Socialist Party has strongly criticised the move by AENA to eliminate the half hour free parking at all Canarian airports. The measure, according to the PSOE, ”is a further attack on the pockets of the islanders”, as residents who travel regularly between the islands or to the mainland will be hit particularly hard.
The General Secretary of the Socialist Party, Dolores Corujo, has revealed “this new measure will be a further blow and is another factor behind a reduction in connectivity between the Canary Islands and the Spanish mainland”. In his view all these decisions are punishing residents of the islands and are negatively affecting their rights, opportunities and overall quality of life.