Madrid has announced that it plans to reduce Canarian airport taxes … and to pay for it by reducing the salaries of air traffic controllers, whom it blames for much of the recent chaos in the islands’ airports. The announcement was made by Government Minister José Blanco, who met with the Canarian president Paulino Rivero specifically to discuss the numerous incidents that have caused problems for travellers over recent weeks. Sr Blanco stressed that he shared the concerns of the Canarian authorities for the effects of the recent strike, for strike it was in all but name, particularly in respect of the potential damage toREAD MORE

Binter has a new promotion to fly between any of the Canary islands for €15 in February and March, airport taxes included! The price is applicable to each leg of a return ticket bought between 11 and 17 January. The offer is open to Canarian residents, so purchasers will need to show either their old-style residencia or new-style Certificado de Registro (green certificate). Tickets are subject to availability, and can be bought in any of the usual points of sale in travel agents or airports. For further information, visit the company’s website www.bintercanarias.com or call 902 391 392.READ MORE

Arona Ayuntamiento’s Environment Department is to install dog waste bag dispenser bins throughout the municipality to try to persuade dog owners to clean up after their pets. The pilot project is expected to cost some 17,870 Euros, and in its first phase, will see dispenser bins placed in Los Cristianos, Cabo Blanco and Parque de La Reina, areas in which there has traditionally been a greater problem with dog mess in public spaces. Councillor Antonio Sosa said that if the trial is a success, the Ayuntamiento will extend it to other parts of Arona.  Canarias7READ MORE

Chaos rules in Tenerife’s airports with the air traffic controllers on unofficial strike. Delays of several hours have been recorded, and there is widespread concern in the press that this is the last thing Tenerife’s tourism needs right now, with some sources saying that tour operators are already making alternative arrangements for their holidaymakers. Today, Reina Sofia airport (TFS) is registering 19 delayed flights, with 3 in Los Rodeos (TFN), all of them international flights. Officially, delays are up to around 2 hours, to a maximum of 5, but some travellers are speaking of 16 hour delays. Of all the Canarian airports, only La Palma,READ MORE

The strike has been called off. It has been announced this afternoon that Granadilla Ayuntamiento has decided to pay the outstanding wages of the 79 affected employees itself. Carmen Nieves Gaspar, mayor of Granadilla, has already begun to make the payments via council cheques to the workers, who have now returned to work.  La Opinion Update 27 December: Granadilla bins are overflowing and rubbish is now piling up in the streets thanks to the strike which started on Boxing Day, and which shows no sign of resolution. The Ayuntamiento has said that for its part it has made all due payments to Clusa, which isREAD MORE

National Police from the Playa de las Américas Comisaría are seeking several British citizens who gave a Costa Adeje bar doorman such a brutal beating just a few days ago that he has been admitted to hospital. The establishment has not been named at the moment, but it is said to be an Irish bar, and a well-known nightlife landmark in Avenida de Los Pueblos in San Eugenio. This is where O’Reilly’s is, the bar that was in the news a couple of years ago for the death of a young Spanish holidaymaker at the hands of a doorman. It is not confirmed, however, ifREAD MORE