Empty Flights

Dear Sir,
My life, for which I am thankful, pinballs between the UK and Palma.

So I think my first-hand insight into the rumpus over whether Majorca needs more planes of tourists (Page 2, MDB January 3) carries a bit of gravitas. Environmentally, perhaps not. But what it does need, without any shadow of any doubt, is full capacity flights.

Boarding planes that are half-full - at best - does nothing for our carbon footprint.

Nor do they fill the tourism trade, and all the jobs and lives and mortgages that depend on it, with any optimism.

And these ghost planes will do the island no good at all when the carriers look at where their investment gets best returns. (Malta, Turkey, Greece, Egypt are the new boys in town.)

As they are doing now, as I write. You just need to compare Skyscanner last year, to this year, to weep into your San Miguel or Larios if you are a Majorca business owner or frequent traveller.

Richard Chew
Yorkshire and Calvia


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Stephen / Hace over 2 years

The reason there are empty seats on low cost airlines is because the town hall numpties banned private villa and apartment rentals. Private renters spend money on car hire restaurant meals super market shops etc. The problem is obvious to a blind man relax the ban on private rentals and all will be much better. We had to laugh when Thomas Cook went bust as the greedy all inclusive hotels lost out but unfortunately so did their staff. Scheduled flights by BA that we take are always full with business class as £500 each way selling out first!


Jeremy / Hace over 2 years

Good letter Sir. UK based friends have just booked an expensive ferry ride to Palma from Barcelona for June. Then they received an email more than doubling the price. So they cancelled. Not the best thing for the ferry company to do. How many other such incidents like this are there? Happy New Year!


Paul / Hace over 2 years

Ive read this over and over and am struggling to get the gist of this article!