Passenger figures at Palma airport are continuing to drop and the indications for this summer season are still not looking very encouraging. Despite the fact that the May Day break falls next week, with an estimated 14.5 million people, on the mainland making full use of an extra long weekend, Palma airport authority yesterday forecast a 10 per cent fall in passenger traffic over the next seven days. 414.000 passengers are expected over the next week, 10.42 per cent less than during the first week of May last year and air traffic will be down nearly 14 per cent. The bulk of the drop is this weekend. Between this morning and Sunday night, 233'000 passengers will use Palma airport, just under ten per cent down on the same weekend last year. Where the shortfall is coming from remains to be seen when the exact breakdown by nationality is collated at the end of May, but the feared decline in the number of German tourists is certainly taking its toll and the domestic market on the mainland does not appear to have taken off - bookings from the mainland were lower than expected over Easter, despite extra domestic flights being laid on to meet the demand.

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