Monarch drops Almeria – Birmingham route in 2015

Monarch airlines has quietly dropped Almería airport from its Birmingham route. They continue to offer flights to Manchester from Almeria (LEI), but all Birmingham flights for 2015 have been removed from their website. This means that Almería is not longer connected to the heartland of England, as Easyjet only offers flights to Gatwick, and Ryanair offer flights to Stanstead or East Midlands. Brummies and the like will now have to travel via Murcia or Alicante Continue reading Monarch drops Almeria – Birmingham route in 2015

El Corte Inglés cancels Almería expansion plan

El Corte Inglés, Spain’s largest department store chain, has confirmed it will not be opening a new store in Almería city. The city has been desperately trying to attract the chain for a decade now (it’s one of only a couple of capital cities not to have an El Corte Inglés) but in the past things have always fallen through as no suitable location could ever be found. A smallish one opened in El Ejido Continue reading El Corte Inglés cancels Almería expansion plan

Local unemployment up again

Unemployment in Almería has gone up again, and stands at a massive 37.53% of the population. That’s 130.600 people looking for work in the province. Across Andalucia, unemployment went up 1.34% (that’s 18.800 people lost their jobs) and there are now 1.419.100 andaluzes looking for work. Just 2.611.000 people actually have a job across Andalucia. All this, despite a national drop of 3.5% in unemployment (195.200 people). Industry up north may be gathering pace, but Continue reading Local unemployment up again