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Airport authority admits the return of British tourism is ‘key’ to a return to pre-pandemic flight numbers on Spain’s Costa Blanca

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ALICANTE-ELCHE Airport has instantly bounced back from the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, according to AENA.

More than 180,000 tourists will be using Costa Blanca’s biggest airport in the next five days with over 1,200 flights.

Some 296 on Saturday, October 9, alone are scheduled

ALMOST RECORD LEVELS: Alicante-Elche Airport

This places the transport hub not only in pre-pandemic figures but very close to the numbers enjoyed in 2019, the best historical year for the tourism for Alicante province.

Compared with the same period in 2020, when the country was in the midst of lockdown without a vaccine or holiday-makers, there were only 511 flights.

Information from AENA also shows the average occupancy of planes is now up to 70%, a marked improvement from the 50% seen during the summer.

They state that the return of British tourism is key and, for the moment, the rest of October and November provide promising figures, considering it is viewed as the low season by many.

READ MORE: EXPLAINER: Why Benidorm and Costa Blanca hotels don’t want to rely on UK tourists coming to Spain

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2 bedroom Apartment for sale in La Mata with pool – € 99,950

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La Mata, Alicante

  2 beds

  1 baths

€ 99,950

2 bedroom Apartment for sale in La Mata with pool - € 99,950

Beautiful apartment in Residencial Parque Mar III on the first floor.There is a living area of 60 m2, consisting of two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, a bathroom, an American kitchen and a living room with access to the terrace of 7 m2 with southwest orientation.The property is sold furnished and there is a lift to all floors.Located in a beautiful urbanization with green areas and a communal pool.Only 500 meters from the beautiful sandy beaches of La Mata, next to the park Molino del Agua… See full property details

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‘Black Widow’ gets extra jail time for killing new husband in a carpark on Spain’s Costa Blanca

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VALENCIA’S Supreme Court has extended a long prison sentence for a woman who murdered her husband of two weeks in an Alicante area car park.

Concepcion Martin, 49, nicknamed the ‘Black Widow’, was found guilty in October 2020 of stabbing her partner to death in August 2018.

Her caregiver, lover,and accomplice, Fernando Perez, was also convicted of the killing.

An appeal against the severity of their punishment saw them get an extra year each in prison.

The Supreme Court judges were not impressed that they wore dark clothes to disguise themselves at the crime scene.

Conception Martin now has 23-and-a-half years behind bars, with Perez one year less.

Martin got the ‘Black Widow’ label after three previous marriages, with one of her ex-partners suffering an unexplained violent death.

She lured her fourth husband, a 69-year-old lorry driver from Santander, to a car park overlooking the sea at Albufereta beach.

Martin told him that they were going to meet there to see ‘the stars and the moon’ ahead of a romantic dinner.

Love was not on the menu as the supposedly wheelchair-bound Martin mustered enough strength to get up to attack him with a screwdriver.

She then held him as Perez, 62, continued the onslaught with the same implement.

An off-duty policeman heard screaming and stopped the duo from fleeing.

Martin staged a stunt at an early court appearance in August 2018 as she was about to get out of a police van.

She spotted a group of reporters and told Policia Nacional officers that she unable to walk.

The officers simply hoisted her out and carried her into the Alicante courthouse.

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8 bedroom Villa for sale in Salinas with pool garage – € 225,000

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Salinas, Alicante

  8 beds

  3 baths

€ 225,000

8 bedroom Villa for sale in Salinas with pool garage - € 225,000

We are often asked for properties for two families or a property that has a large annex on level ground and this property answers all the questions as it is two semi-detached villas that have had the dividing wall removed but offer two accommodations one with four bedrooms and the other with two bedrooms with each having a kitchen, a bathroom, and separate toilet and large lounge/dining rooms. If that isn´t enough accommodation then there is a separate self-contained Casita with 2 Bedrooms, one of which is upstairs with its own access. The location is excellent, a short drive to the town of… See full property details

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