Aer Lingus announced on 11th June that it is introducing 6 new routes to its schedules later this year, including London Gatwick to Lanzarote from late October.

The news follows the opening of the airline's first base outside Ireland at Gatwick.  Other new routes include Tenerife, Warsaw, Bucharest, Eindhoven and Vilnius in Lithuania.

Aer Lingus Corporate Affairs Director, Enda Corneille, says: "Aer Lingus' European destinations are still proving to be a huge hit with our customers. Since our first launch back in April, we have sold over 400,000 flights and counting.

"To give our customers a greater choice in destinations, we've introduced six new routes which are popular to travellers during the winter months - perfect for anyone looking to escape the British winter.

"We are still competitively priced, as well as making life a little easier for customers with free allocated seating, self service check-in kiosks, web check-in and onboard service that puts our competitors to shame!"

After the collapse of  XL Airways in 2008, other airline collapses, the fall in sterling against the euro, and the sharp reduction in airline passengers to the Canaries this year, the announcement of these new Aer Lingus routes should come as welcome news to everyone involved in the holidays in Lanzarote industry.  Hotels in particular seem to have been hard hit, with reported reductions of up to 50% in occupancy levels.

The news also accompanies strong gains for the £ in recent weeks, with the headline rate increasing to1.17 euros on 11th June.  What does this mean for tourist rates?  You should now be looking for around 1.13 euros to the £.