The Balearic government wants all transport between the Balearics and the mainland to be declared a public service which will lead to more flights and cheaper fares. A similar system already exists in the Canary Islands. In the short-term the local government would like to see discounts on fares increased from their present level of 33 percent for islanders to 50 percent. The meeting today comes at a time when many airlines are cutting back their services in the light of poor load factors. Also, consumer groups say that inter-island fares are far too high and need to be reduced. The issue of inter-island transport is becoming a key local election issue. Balearic leader Francesc Antich has said that Madrid could do more to help the Balearics. He is demanding that they take urgent action on this issue.
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