Palma.—After winters of discontent for tourists, holiday home owners and business people wishing to fly between Britain and Majorca, it appears that this winter, air passengers are going to be spoilt for choice.

British Airways' CityFlyer is going to be continuing its twice weekly flights to Palma from London's City Airport throughout the winter.
City Airport is the perfect departure point for London's business community with a 15-minute check in time for passengers with only hand luggage and 20 minutes for those making the most of the free 23 kilos of baggage. easyJet is also upping its services this winter with two flights per week out of Glasgow which has really pleased the Scots who for years have been virtually starved of direct flights to Majorca. What is more, the low cost carrier will be operating daily flights from Gatwick and Stanstead as well as two flights a week out of Liverpool and Bristol.

And, Monarch has committed itself to another third winter programme with two weekly flights out of Gatwick and Manchester again.
But, as the Bulletin reported last week, the local authorities, in particular the Ministry for Tourism, has done nothing to encourage the airlines to services to Majorca this winter and the airlines are hoping that the Majorcan tourist industry will welcome their commitment to the island and try to remain open over the winter.

Sunday opening
Certainly with the centre of Palma now open for business on Sundays and the government having given the green light for landing fees and operating costs to be reduced at Palma airport over the winter in order to appease the airlines, this will help to bolster the low season.

But, if British airlines are prepared to take a gamble while the German low cost carriers cut back on their programmes, Majorca has got to be prepared to take a risk in order to make it worthwhile for the airlines.

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