6 MAY 2013
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Whilst not as popular with the British as Tenerife, Gran Canaria is an accepted choice for winter sunshine, around four hours’ flight time from the London area.
Heathrow is now to join Gatwick, Luton and Stansted with services, British Airways adding a two-class Airbus A320 weekly flight from the start of the winter season 26 October out of Terminal 5.
Gran Canaria Airport is just 12 miles south of the capital city of Las Palmas and less than 20 miles from the popular tourist areas. With an annual throughput of over 10m passengers it is one of the busiest airports in Spain. Las Palmas was the last stop of Christopher Columbus before his journey to what he assumed was “The West Indies”, west of India. Convinced he would land somewhere in the east he even took a rabbi on board for quick translations. It is a volcanic island. www.ba.com
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