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.

The local authorities need to work with the airlines and reach an accord which will make coming to the Balearics over winter an affordable option. There is plenty happening over Christmas on the island and I am sure that many tourists would ponder coming here as long as the price is right. Palma, which is probably the most viable option for winter tourism because everything is open, has a long list of festive activities and the Christmas lights are especially spectacular this year. But in the travel industry value-for-money is key and this is not the case with flights to the island at the moment. Big steps forward are being made to transform the Balearics into an off-season destination but there are still some hurdles to overcome, such as price.

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OSN / Hace over 3 years

It's worth remembering that while it is low season in Mallorca it is very much high season in the Alps Pyrenees and Algarve golfing resorts. It makes sense for the airlines to realign their fleet to chase the business. If I remember perhaps 8 years ago, the Balearic government struck a deal with the airlines that if they provided a good winter service the government would spend heavily on a winter marketing campaign... The government welched on their side of the deal, the airlines has empty planes so sent them elsewhere the following winter. If they want a second chance the region Al government if going to have to do the running this time.

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Stuart Mead / Hace over 3 years

I live in North London and my favourite airport is Gatwick. I won’t use taxis so the Thamelink train from Kentish Town is convenient and cheap. But I understand what people from up north say. It’s not cheap if you have to come to London to get a flight.

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Edyth Knight / Hace over 3 years

Gatwick is certainly not the centre of the universe, and Stanstead cannot claim the title either.

If you live further North ie. past the Watford Gap, that well known frontier between the soft South and rather more hardy North, there is less chance of bargain flights for most of the year. So stop whinging and deal with it.

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Richard Pearson / Hace over 3 years

20th December to 3rd Jan

I agree that Gatwick isn’t the centre of the universe but it’s more useful than Stansted.

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Mike / Hace over 3 years

Not everybody lives near Gatwick I came back last night and it took longer to get home than the whole return journey to and from mallorca and you’ll find that the sixty euro flight is nowhere near the dates you need to travel

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Richard Pearson / Hace over 3 years

Today, EJ are offering return flights to Gatwick from below 60 euros per person.

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Gabor / Hace over 3 years

All in all the hotels are raising their prices with 10-15% every year yet they expect airlines bring the tourists to Mallorca for peanuts.

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S. / Hace over 3 years

I normally visit the Island for Xmas,New Year and the Three Kings. This year even less Hotels,are open throughout the Islands Uranisations. The few that are open, are asking very high prices. As to Flights, as usual there are very few, of those carriers flying to Mallorca, the prices are very high. It follows that I am not going to be there for the Yuletide etc. People I feel sorry for are those normally in UK, and return to Mallorca for the Christmas Holiday period. Relatives etc., are being forced to pay very high return Flight prices. With these extortionate charges, from both Hotels an Flights, is it any wonder, no Tourists visit in The Winter.

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