The spokesman for the Canarian air traffic controllers’ union, Miguel Torrens, has guaranteed Easter flights will be problem free, and stressed that visitors can book their holidays with complete peace of mind. Sr Torrens was at pains to point out that despite the ATCs conviction that a problem was being manufactured by AENA, which was trying to provoke the controllers, this would not affect their resolve to work fully over such a crucial holiday period so as not to jeopardise Canarian tourism. Whatever the rights and wrongs of the dispute, travellers to and from Tenerife will quite reasonably only be concerned that they are notREAD MORE

Unfortunately, the Canarian Government, The Tenerife Cabildo, and ATAN (Tenerife Friends of Nature Association) have all presented complaints about the beach renovation project. They demand a much more in-depth environmental impact study than exists at present, and one which lays particular emphasis on the effect the works will have on the present “Lugar de Interés Comunitario” (Site of Community Interest: LIC) status of the area, which was approved in 2008. The mayor, Víctor Chinea, expressed his regrets about the delays that will be caused by these procedures, and said that the study incorporated into the project was quite sufficient. None the less, the complaints haveREAD MORE

Arona’s 2010 Carnaval will take place in Los Cristianos between 5-14 March, and this year has a Mexican theme. Events start on 5 March with the presentation of the candidates for Carnaval Queen who will be chosen in the Gran Gala on Friday 12  March. There will be a musical parade through the streets of the town to the beach on Saturday, 13 March, with a dance afterwards, and the finale and Gran Coso Apoteósico will be on Sunday 14th, also ending with a dance in the fairground. For a full list of events, see Arona Online(1) & Arona Online(2), TinerGuíaREAD MORE

A 37-year-old British woman died around 11am this morning in a cycling accident on the TF-436, the Buenavista to Santiago del Teide road. The accident happened around 1km from Masca village heading towards Santiago del Teide. Emergency services were initially called to the accident, but due to the road being impassible after the recent storms, rescue efforts were significantly hampered, and mountain rescue helicopters were called in. She was airlifted to Adeje Bomberos helipad even while resuscitation efforts were continuing, but it was to no avail, and on arrival at Adeje, ambulance medics could do no more than confirm her death. C7READ MORE

The State of Emergency was lifted last evening, having been in place for almost exactly 24 hours. The Ministry of the Interior has said that help will be made available for those who have suffered personal or material damage through the effects of the storm. As of today, Ayuntamientos will be able to apply for resources to be directed to affected families or complexes of apartments where damage has been suffered in communal areas. Applications will be accepted for up to a month counting from the day after the end of the emergency situation. The Protección Civil Unit of the Government Subdelegation in Santa CruzREAD MORE