Ryan Air Expand Flights from Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández Airport

Ryan Air Alicante Flights

Ryanair will expand the number of routes from Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández Airport to a total of 80 this summer, 10 of which will be brand new destinations.

The company’s spokesperson in Spain and Portugal, Elena Cabrera, stated that this will also involve increasing the number of aircraft based at Alicante-Elche Airport, which will go from eleven to thirteen, with an investment of around 200 million euro and the creation of 390 new direct jobs, and up to 5,100 indirect jobs, according to Ryanair.

The new destinations that Ryanair incorporates from Alicante are Belfast (United Kingdom), Fez (Morocco), Frankfurt Hahn and Paderborn (Germany), Lodz and Warsaw (Poland), Klagenfurt (Austria), Rome Fiumicino and Turin (Italy) and Santander (Spain).

The eighty routes represent “Ryanair’s largest schedule in its history in Alicante”, a city where it has been operating for 16 years, and will make it possible to offer 6.3 million seats per year (4.7 million of them in the summer campaign: from 1 from April to September 30).

In addition to the new routes, Cabrera has highlighted that the frequencies of 30 of the existing destinations will increase by an average of 19%, including Bordeaux, London Stansted, Milan Bergamo, Porto and Bologna.

Four of the 13 aircraft based in Alicante during the summer will be new Boeing “Gamechangers” units, which are more environmentally sustainable by emitting 16% less carbon dioxide (CO2), carrying 4% more passengers and having 20% less acoustic impact, Cabrera reported.

Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández Airport closed the month of January 2023 with 795,148 passengers, which means exceeding by 1.3% the data for the same month of 2019, the pre-pandemic year, and registering the best January in its history, with a traffic increase of 68.1% compared to the same month last year.

Another Great Read | https://theleader.info/2023/02/16/ryanair-adds-10-new-routes-from-alicante/ Written by Mark Nolan


Property Sales Increase by 16% in Valencia Region

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Figures released this week show that the sale of real estate in the Valencian Community grew by 16% in November compared to the same month of 2020, the third autonomous region with the highest increase after Andalusia and Catalonia, while total mortgages rose 7.2%.

Throughout Spain, 93,178 real estate sales were registered in November, according to the data released by the College of Property and Mercantile Registrars.

Due to the effects of the pandemic on the national economy, the College of Registrars has offered a preview of the Real Estate Registry Statistics for the fourth quarter of 2021, which reveals that the sale of all types of properties across Valencia grew in November by 16,1%, compared to the same month of the previous year, although the figure is two and a half points lower than the national average (+18.7%).

In total, 13,234 transactions were registered in Valencia, compared to the 11,399 transactions registered in November 2020, a period in which real estate activity was affected by the confinement.

If we make the comparison with November 2019 (the year before the pandemic), the growth is however higher (+28%), exceeding the national average (+25%) by three points, according to the figures from the College of Registrars.

The total data places the Valencian Community in third place in a number of operations behind only Andalusia (19,047) and Catalonia (13,300), surpassing the Community of Madrid by almost 3,500 operations, and with respect to November 2020, all the autonomies present increases except Navarra.

As for mortgages, their behaviour during the month of November is similar in terms of their evolution to that indicated for purchases and sales, although slightly lower.

Thus, the number of total mortgages in the Valencian Community through their registration during the month of November shows a growth of 7.2% in relation to November 2020 and of 12.2% if we compare it with the same month of year 2019.

In any of the cases, the growth is lower than the average registered in all Spain, with all the regions in positive with the exception of the Canary Islands.

In total numbers (5,452 operations), the Valencian Community is fourth after Andalusia, Madrid and Catalonia.

At the national level, it goes from 38,474 mortgages on all types of properties (November 2020) to 47,449 in November 2021.

In reference to mortgages exclusively on homes, Valencia recorded 3,835 transactions compared to 2,999 in November 2019 (+27.9%) and 3,442 in November 2020 (+11.4%). Of these, there were 1,471 in Alicante, 329 in Castellón, and 1,642 in Valencia, concludes the report.

Fully Furnished Frontline Golf Apartment | For Sale

Frontline Golf Apartment | Fully Furnished | Everything Included | Underground Trastero & Parking | 2 Bedrooms – 1 En-Suite | 2 Bathrooms | 119,000€

This Frontline Golf Apartment is being sold complete with everything, Furniture, Appliances, TV, Security, Plates and Cutlery.

It also includes 2 sets of golf clubs and an electric golf trolley.

It’s clean and does not need any redecoration which makes it ideal for a first-time buyer or investor who is looking for a golf rental holiday business.

It is in an ideal location for those seeking access to golf 365 days a year (no winter greens).

The area is peaceful and quiet, yet close to some interesting and active Spanish local Towns and Cities.

Being up in the mountain foothills there is easy access to nature, mountain walks and great biking routes, both mountain and road.

The apartment has 2 bedrooms, a family bathroom and the Master Bedroom has an ensuite.

Both bathrooms have the latest bathrooms with showers.  The boilers have been replaced with a larger modern type so there is plenty of hot water.

The Kitchen is fully functional and complete with washing/drying and dishwashing machines, cups, cutlery, fridge freezer, electric hobs – everything you will need for instant move in or let.

This property is well decorated throughout and needs no modernisation.

There is plenty of space to relax on the large balcony with views across the golf course, over the 9th and 10th holes on the back 9.

It has off-street underground parking and a large (trastero) storage room.

In addition, the apartment is very close to all the facilities offered by Alenda Golf, which include a fully equipped modern Olympic gym, a Pilates area, a Paddle Tennis court and a Supermarket that has a complete range of food and drink to suit all needs.

The clubhouse has a tapas bar restaurant that serves all types of European food and drinks which you can have inside or out on the very large terrace, that has spectacular views over the course towards the sea.

Alenda Golf is a popular 18 holes golf course located just a few minutes from the town of Elche, 10 minutes from Alicante and only 15 minutes from Alicante International Airport with cheap flights to and from most European destinations.

It is situated at the foot of the Sierra de Las Aguilas mountains, the Alenda Golf Club has built a wonderful 18-hole golfing experience with gentle terrain but still a challenging par of 72.

It’s a varied course suitable for all skill levels but you will probably have to use every club in your bag.

The tricky undulating greens in particular demand a good putting line that allows for the slope. Flag positions are changed on a regular basis so each green challenges your ability to read greens and pase.

Designed by Roland Favrat and opened in 1999, the course is mature, well planned and provides a relatively quick round as all the holes are linked together with short distances between the tees and greens.

There is a driving range, a practise area of 6 holes and a putting green.

The Golf School guided by the Golf Federation of the Valencian Community has an excellent practice area with 25 driving range stations and areas where you can practice all short and medium game levels.

Alenda Golf is also a European Tour Qualifying Venue.

There are also four other quality golf courses within 30 a minute drive from Alenda Golf.

Price of Housing Rises 13% in Valencia

The cumulative price of housing for sale has risen in the Valencian Community by 13% in five years -compared to 2016- and 0.8% more in one year -compared to 2020-, according to the study ‘Cumulative variation of housing in Spain in 2021’, based on the prices of housing for sale in December of the last 16 years of the Fotocasa Real Estate Index.

However, this latest house price marks a decrease of -14% in 10 years -compared to 2011- and -40% in 15 years -compared to 2006-.

“Indeed, the data indicates that the price of second-hand housing has increased in the last five years, but contrary to popular perception, it has not done so as high as is estimated among citizens, presenting 16% of cumulative rise at a national level”, explained María Matos, Director of Studies and Spokesperson for Fotocasa.

Analysing the prices paid for a home for sale in 2016, the average price per square metre of housing has increased by 13% in the Valencian Community (from 1,287 euro/m2 in December 2016, to 1,448 euro/m2 in December 2021), according to the Fotocasa study. Thus, Valencians five years ago (2016) had to pay an average of 102,928 euro for the sale of an 80 m2 home, compared to the 115,805 euro paid on average in 2021.

By provincial capitals, housing in the capital of Valencia has increased its value by 32% since 2016 and, in other words, for an 80-square-meter home for sale, 129,392 euro were paid 5 years ago (€1,617/m2 in 2016), while in 2021 170,410 euro have been paid (€2,130/m2 in 2021).

Meanwhile, two more Valencian cities have a positive cumulative compared to five years ago (2016) and they are Alicante (16%) and Castelló de la Plana (7.0%).

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Alenda Golf has a full driving range

Alenda Golf has a full driving range that allows full drives from the 25 placement mats, there is also a Bunker and pitch & putt practice area.

Alenda Golf has a full driving range that allows full drives from the 25 placement mats, there is also a Bunker and pitch & putt practice area.

The Driving range is illuminated and allows you to practice up until 22:00 h.

There is also an excellent practice area which consists of 6 tees of various distances that all converge on to the same green that has three holes cut.

It is ideal for beginners and experts who want to practice the short game.

Tour operators returning to Costa Blanca

The confidence that many British tour operators have with the Costa Blanca seems to be returning. As reported by Turisme de la Comunitat Valenciana, following a meeting at Fitur, states that the UK company, Jet2.com, has confirmed that it plans to triple the number of seats in 2022 compared to those that were available in last year. The commitment will see passenger numbers increase from 180,000 to 460,000.

This would bring them much closer to pre pandemic levels, as in 2019, during the tourism boom,  the airline had 670,000 travellers.

Turisme highlights the importance of such forecasts, which denote that the demand and confidence in the Costa Blanca is beginning to return.

This was confirmed by the regional secretary of Tourism, Francesc Colomer, who said on Monday that “as soon as sanitary conditions allow, and the omicrom situation improves, international demand will return to the Costa Blanca.”

He said that the United Kingdom is slightly ahead of the rest of Europe, and have already begun to remove many of the restrictions imposed until now to avoid contagion, which will allow greater mobility among tourists.

One main problem, though, which is one of the sector’s requests to the Spanish government: the relaxation of measures for minors, coming from countries where they are not yet included in the national programs for second vaccinations or boosters. Hoteliers too demand this exception so that families with children are not prevented from taking their holidays in Spain

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Renting in Murcia soared by 6.4% last year

The price of renting a home in the Region of Murcia soared by 6.4% last year, reaching 7.17 euros/m2 per month in December.

This is the third highest increase in all of Spain behind the Balearic Islands and La Rioja, which have both registered a jump of 6.5%.

By province, the annual increase registered in the Region occupies the eleventh position after Huelva, León, Badajoz, Alicante, Málaga, Palencia, Castellón, Almería, the Balearic Islands and La Rioja, while by capitals, Murcia is in ninth place, with an increase in 2021 of 7.40% and a price of 7.40 euros/m2.

The Region of Murcia isn’t alone in this phenomenon, however, as the average price of rentals has increased in 13 of the 17 autonomous communities in Spain. Despite skyrocketing inflation, none have risen by more than 10%, and Andalucía has seen the most modest boost at just 0.1%, followed by Catalonia (0.4%),

Aragón (1.6%) and the Canary Islands (2.4%).

Interestingly, in four communities, which reported double digit annual increases until recently, the rental prices actually dropped in 2021: Madrid (-3.4%), Navarra (-1.7%), Castilla-La Mancha (-1%) and the Basque Country (0.4%).

Overall in Spain last year, Catalonia was the most expensive place to rent a house or apartment, with each square metre costing a whopping 14.06 euros per month, knocking Madrid into second position with 13.62 euros.

Seen in https://murciatoday.com/murcia-registers-third-largest-rental-price-increase-in-spain_1723422-a.html


Sales of Homes Rose by 26%

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The sale of homes rose 26.7% in the Valencia region in November in relation to the same month of 2020, to add 7,529 operations, as reported this Thursday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

As for the total number of rural plots transferred in the records of the autonomy, they were 26,345 in November, which represents an annual increase of 19%.

Meanwhile, in Spain as a whole, the sale of homes soared 24.4% year-on-year, to add 49,895 operations in November, its highest figure in this month since 2007, when it exceeded 56,000 transactions.

With the interannual advance of November 2021, the sale of homes has chained nine consecutive months of positive rates after the increases of 32.4% and 65.9% registered in March and April, respectively, of 107.6% in May, 73.5% in June, 53.5% in July, 57.9% in August, 40.6% in September and 22.2% in October.

The year-on-year rise in home sales in November was a consequence of the increase in operations on new homes, which grew by 30.5%, to 10,341 operations, as well as the increase in the sale of used flats by 22.9%, up to 39,554 transactions.

In monthly terms (November 2021 over October of the same year), the sale of homes increased by 7.9%, its greatest advance in a month of November since 2017.

In the first eleven months of last year, the sale of homes accumulated a rise of 34.7%, with increases of 38.4% in operations on new homes and 33.8% in the case of second-hand.

In November, the highest number of Spanish property sales per 100,000 inhabitants occurred in Comunitat Valenciana (188), La Rioja (186) and Cantabria (169).

In absolute values, Andalusia was the region that carried out the most home transactions during the penultimate month of last year, with 11,075 purchases, followed by Comunitat Valenciana (7,529), Cataluña (7,431) and Madrid (6,094).

Kevin Reardon



Britons flock to Spain to buy second homes

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As demand for vacation homes in the sun soars, Britons are flocking to Spain to buy second homes.

Taylor Wimpey, a housebuilder, has reported “excellent” results for 2021, citing rising demand in Spain.

The developer expects strong demand for homes in 2021, thanks to low mortgage rates and the stamp duty holiday.

The relaxation of travel restrictions in Spain has resulted in a surge in prospective buyers looking for a second home in the sun.

According to Taylor Wimpey, demand has increased, particularly in the second half of 2021, and the company is now planning to increase construction as property prices in the country rise.

Taylor Wimpey completed 215 homes in 2021, with an average selling price of £348,000 (€417,000), up from 190 in 2020, when the average selling price was £313,000 (€375,000).

Its order book stood at 324 homes at the end of 2021.

The company’s Spanish arm recently announced that some months in the second half of 2021 saw reservation numbers unprecedented in the 64 years the company has been building in Spain.

With Taylor Wimpey ramping up production, demand in the UK has remained high.

In 2021, home completions in the United Kingdom increased by 47%, with 18% of new homes being affordable.

During this time, average selling prices increased by 3%, fully offsetting rising construction costs, according to the firms.

However, this is still less than the increase in house prices in many parts of the country, with the UK House Price Index indicating a 10.2 percent increase nationally in 2021.

Pete Redfern, Taylor Wimpey’s Chief Executive, stated, “Looking ahead, we are well positioned to deliver against our targets.”

“The future looks bright, and Taylor Wimpey is in a particularly strong position.”

“Over the long term, we remain laser-focused on delivering sustainable growth, strong profitability, and increased cash returns to shareholders.”

The company is now looking to return cash to shareholders, possibly through a share buyback, in which it would buy its own shares and increase the value of those still held by investors.

A tougher Government stance on the cladding crisis has presented a recent challenge to UK housebuilders, with Housing Secretary Michael Gove warning developers that they will have to pay to fix issues.

Mr Gove has set a deadline of early March for the industry to agree on a fully-funded plan to repair the unsafe cladding on the affected buildings.

Taylor Wimpey said in a trading statement.


Alenda Golf Practise Area

Alenda Golf Practise Area

Tokens to get buckets of balls can be purchased in the Pro Shop, they also have clubs to hire should you need to. Alenda Golf has a full driving range that allows full drives from the 25 placement mats, there is also a Bunker and pitch & putt practice area.

Tokens for Buckets of Balls can be purchased in the Pro shop along with some golf clubs should you need to hire some.

The Driving Range is illuminated and allows you to practice up until 22:00 h.

There is also an excellent practice area which consists of 6 tees of various distances that all converge on to the same large green, that has three holes cut.

Some of the tees are a real test of golf, as you have to go over the lake which can be very daunting for a high handicap player and very difficult for beginners.

However, it is an ideal practice ground for beginners and for those experts who want to improve the short game.

At Alenda Golf there is also an Olympic styled full gym where you can train to improve your swing.

Alenda Golf Practise Area
Alenda Golf Practise Area

January 1st Alenda Golf | Costa Blanca

The Alenda Golf Property team has lived here at Alenda Golf for over 17 years and believes it is truly a unique place to live.  It offers the peacefulness of country living, a high quality lifestyle surrounded by the famous local grape vineyards of Monforte del Cid and the pine forests of the Sierra de Las Aguilas mountain range. 

Alenda Golf is conveniently located within 15 minutes of Alicante Airport and the historic towns of Elche, Alicante, and Monforte del Cid.  It is also close to the white sandy beaches of the Costa Blanca.  

For the last 17 years, Alenda Golf Property have helped their clients to buy new homes, sell their property, and have also managed property for those who have purchased here at Alenda Golf but live overseas.   

Come and check it out, or call the Alenda Golf specialists today on + 34 649 649 018 and ask to speak to Gloria.

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