Palma.—Starting next week, airlines will begin introducing their summer flight services which will finally mean that connections between Palma and most of the UK's regional airports will be resumed after a long cold winter with fewer winter flights than ever.

Flying into airports north of London or Bristol has been almost impossible since the end of last season but, gradually, over the next few weeks, air links will be restored between Majorca, Northern England and, in particular Scotland.

Over the winter, new hubs have been set up in Palma by the likes of Ryanair which has already begun operating its new routes. More services between Palma and the UK have been promised for the near future and throughout the winter, depending on demand, which has always been the problem for the airlines during the winter low season.

However, with the local tourist industry making a concerted effort to make winter tourism work, this should lead to greater demand for flights this winter and therefore more services between regional airports and the island.

But, there is one problem facing the airlines and that is the proposed hike in airport taxes. Yesterday the Majorcan Chamber of Commerce opposed the move fearing that it will lead to a loss of air passengers, a fall in air traffic and that it could make airlines think again about expanding this coming winter's flight programme.

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