The local authorities are doing a first-class job in promoting the joys of this island during the winter season, but the airlines are not helping with their outrageous fares. As we have reported this week air fares between the mainland and the Balearics have trebled for the festive period and it is not cheap to go to Britain either. It is a rather outrageous state of affairs. Unless you booked in August (!) your Christmas expedition to Britain or the mainland could cost you a small fortune. It will even deter visiting tourists. As we all know there are not many winter flights to Britain, while Scotland doesn’t have a direct route to the island over the winter even though Majorca is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations.