Liquid restrictions for hand luggage on airplanes

In order to protect you against the threat of liquid explosives in aircraft cabins, the European Union (EU) adopted new security rules that restrict the amount of liquids that you can take through security checkpoints.

These rules apply to all passengers departing from Airports in the EU, wherever their destination. The rules were applied on 6th November 2006 and apply until further notice so please check with your carrier for any updates before flying.

You are only allowed to take small quantities of liquids in your hand luggage.  These liquids must be in individual containers with a maximum of 100 millilitres each. You must pack these containers into one transparent resealable bag of not more than one litre capacity per passenger.

Liquids include:

  • Water, other drinks, lotions and oils.
  • Perfumes
  • Sprays
  • Gels, including hair and shower gels.
  • Contents of pressurised containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants.
  • Pastes, including toothpaste.
  • Liquid-Solid mixtures.
  • Mascara
  • Any other item of similar consistency.

In order to help screeners detect liquids, you must:

  • Present all liquids carried to the screeners at security checkpoints for examination.
  • Take off you jacket and/or coat. They will be screened separately whilst you are being screened.
  • Remove laptop computers and other large electrical devices from your hand luggage. They will be screened separately whilst you are being screened.

What has not changed?

  • You can still pack liquids in your luggage which will be checked in for transit in the aircraft hold.
  • You can carry  medicines and dietary requirements, including baby foods for use during the trip. You may be asked for proof that they are needed.

Read more about prohibited articles in hand luggage and luggage which will be checked in for transit in the aircraft hold.

If you  have any doubts, please ask your airline or your travel agent in advance of travel.

You are also advised to be courteous and co-operate with airport security and airport staff who enforce these regulations.

Traditional Canarian House Chirche Guia de Isora Tenerife

Traditional Canarian House

Traditional Canarian House

This house is unique, the original construction dates back to 1863 but it has been completely renovated and is brimming with charm.

The plot itself is around 430 square metres and the constructed area is about 270 square metres, partly on two levels, there is also a large roof terrace of 70 square metres. The gardens are around 100 square metres.

The main house has 4 bedrooms and three bathrooms, with lounge, dining room and a separate kitchen. There is also a barn which has been converted into a separate one bedroom apartment with bathroom.

Outside there are 3 terraces, gardens with fruit trees, vines and flowers. There is also a car port an parking for several cars outside.

This property has specatcular panoramic views and it should be viewed to be appreciated.

The price is only €215,000 Euros. Visit the Tenerife Property webpage for this Traditional Canarian House

Current Canary Islands Tourism Statistics – September 2009

A bleak picture has been painted today by the four major tourism sector employers in the Canary Islands this week.

The Canary Islands has lost 15% of their normal tourist numbers compared with the same period last year which is a dramatic decline. Last year the Canary Islands received over 9.2 million visitors so that represents a fall of 1.38 million tourists. Occupancy rates are well down and people are not staying as long to reduce their costs.

The Canary Islands have a fragile economy principally supported by tourism, so this news is a major setback for the Islands. It is estimated that 50,000 jobs could be lost as businesses find it harder to cut costs.

If you look at the economics, an average tourist visiting the Canary Islands will spend around €60 Euros per day on the Islands. Multiply that by the number of lost visitors that is an 83 million Euro shortfall in business, every day.

The statistics also reveal a 13-20% reduction in the number of flight slots over the coming months which signals that things are not set to improve. As a result, many employers will have no choice but to reduce staff numbers.

President Zapatero of Spain is due to visit the region shortly and everyone is hoping he will completely remove airport taxes to stimulate the number of visitors to the Canary Islands. Airport taxes have already been reduced but it does not seem to have had much effect to date.

Currently, Canarian residents enjoy a discount on flights to Spain and the tourism sector is now pushing for a reciprocal arrangement for residents from mainland Spain. This would attract more visitors from the Iberian Peninsula at a time when they are desperately needed.

Unemployment levels in the Canary Island have already risen dramatically over the past 12 months and rising levels will place an even heavier burden on the Government in terms of benefit payments. If unemployment levels reach 30%, which is quite possible, it will cost them 300 million Euros per month in unemployment benefits, significantly more that the lost revenue from abolishing airport taxes.

Over the past year the Government has been well aware that tourist numbers have been falling yet they seem to have done very little to resolve the problem. Perhaps any measures the Government make now will be too late to be effective because the airlines have already began their withdrawal. There is a more time lag in tourism than any other industry because of pre-booking and change takes time to implement.

Perhaps the Government should not only abolish airport tax but pay a reverse subsidy to encourage the airlines. The airlines and travel industry will target destinations where they can be competitive and offer good value, otherwise they cannot be profitable in the current climate.

The Canary Islands could be considered a medium haul destination so airlines cannot offer massive discounts because of fuel costs. That is why flights to the Islands are expensive and why the tourists have been going elsewhere.

The real victims of this failure are the residents, most of who depend on tourism for their livelihood.

African Immigrants intercepted in Tenerife

A Vessel was spotted by the Coastguard yesterday eight miles of the coast of Tenerife which was seen to be carrying a large number of passengers. The vessel was intercepted and further investigation revealed that the vessel was carrying 77 Africans; several children were amongst the passengers.

The vessel was taken in to the port of Los Cristianos where the passengers disembarked and the owner of the vessel was arrested by the Guardia Civil. The passengers, who were all, would be immigrants were said to be in a good state of health but they will undergo further medical tests today.

The vessel was said to be dangerous and unseaworthy but it had safely made the crossing form Africa like so many other craft bringing would be immigrants hoping to enter Spain in this way. The number of similar incidences has fallen due to increased coastal surveillance.

Current Tenerife Property Prices – July 2009

Tinsa, a leading Spanish property valuer publishes monthly figures showing the relative values of residential property over the past 12 months.

The report shows that residential property values in Spain fell by 9.2% over the 12 months to the end of July 2009. The Balearic Islands and Canary Islands have fallen by 8.0% during the twelve months preceeding July 2009.

The preceeding twelve month figures for the Islands in previous months of 2009 were as follows:

June 2009: -9.3%
May 2009: – 9.8%
April 2009: – 9.2%
March 2009: – 8.3%
February 2009: – 7.6%
January 2009: – 8.2%

The last period with positive growth in property prices was May 2007 to May 2008, since then property prices have fallen in the Canary Islands, although according to the report, not as dramatically as elswhere in Spain.

It is also interesting to note that the Spanish Islands were the last area to experience deflating property values, but May 2008 was the time when most property prices started falling.

For Spain overall, for the same 12 month period to July 2009, property prices have fallen by 9.7% in large cities, 9.6% in metropolitan areas and 10.9% on the Mediterranean Coast.

From this we conclude the Spanish Islands, including Tenerife are fairing better than elswhere in Spain. The Tenerife property market is very depressed with only a limited number of buyers around, especially British.

Overall the figures show some improvement over the previous 4 months, so this be a sign that prices have reached their peak fall rate.

The Tinsa figures are based on property valuations and although they a useful yardstick for trends, they bear no relation to what is happening in the property market. On average, market prices for Tenerife Property which is selling are 20% lower than they were 12 months ago. There is a big difference between a valuation price and a selling price these days.

There are plenty of bargain Tenerife Properties around so if you want to take advantage of the market, why not browse our website by following the links below.


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