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

Almería airport reduces losses by 30% – only loses 6 million a year

Almeria airport

So that’s something. AENA “only” lost 5.9 million euros on Almeria Airport last year, and the airport now has an accumulated debt of 128 million euros. But it’s the Andalucian airport that has grown the most this year, with traffic figures up 26%, mainly due to international tourism flights and the return of flights that were cancelled in 2013. 177.784 passengers went through Almeria last year, down 23% on 2012 figures. Ryanair continues to be Continue reading Almería airport reduces losses by 30% – only loses 6 million a year

Google planning to close news service in Spain?

El Mundo says that the worldwide head of Google News was in Madrid recently and told senior politicians that if they went ahead with the proposed “Google Tax” he’d close the popular news service in Spain. Ironically enough, El Mundo is one of the big backers of the Google Tax…. Anyway, Congress went ahead and passed the first draft of the law today, meaning it now goes for a second vote before being enshrined in Continue reading Google planning to close news service in Spain?

Massive Roquetas property auction complete failure

There is irritation in Roquetas del Mar today, after the town hall setup an auction to flog off 64 properties, and not one person showed up to bid. The properties have all been seized by the townhall in lieu of taxes. The two biggest lots were the old Hotel Colonial at 1.6 million euros (with further taxes of 1.2 million owing) and Hotel Bellavista Mar at 14 million euros (and a further 13 million owing Continue reading Massive Roquetas property auction complete failure

Looking for a new motor? Almería motor show opens

Toyomotor 2014, Almería’s largest motor show, has opened today and runs until Sunday 19th in the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones de El Toyo, open to all and showing off the wares of the modern market for anyone looking for a new vehicle. Over 500 types of car are on show, along with 200 motorbikes, loads of bicycles and an assortment of electric vehicles, from 30 different dealerships across the province. It’s not just new Continue reading Looking for a new motor? Almería motor show opens

Four hospitalised with Ebola symptoms across Spain

Three people have been admitted to hospital in Madrid, and another one in Tenerife, all suffering symptoms of Ebola. All four have high fevers and have been in at risk areas. Of the Madrid three, one is a friend of nurse Theresa, who is recovering from Ebola in hospital; one is a man who arrived from Paris today, having recently been in Africa and who has a high fever; and the third is a missionary Continue reading Four hospitalised with Ebola symptoms across Spain

Germany demands explanation from Nijar over local police brutality

During the Easter week parade in Nijar, several policial locales in Nijar stopped a German man, along with his Italian wife, when the man laughed at the parade passing by outside the bar window. The comment was, according to the man’s statement in court later, an aside made to his wife, which was overheard by the patrol, who took offense and demanded his passport. The German man said he didn’t have it on him, and Continue reading Germany demands explanation from Nijar over local police brutality