MADRID

SENATORS representing the Balearic Islands in Madrid said yesterday they were hopeful that Central Government would agree to a power sharing scheme for Palma airport.

Senators Xavier Ramis (Socialist), Joan Huguet (Partido Popular) and Pere Sampol (Majorcan “Bloc” coalition) want Public Works Minister, José Blanco to let the Balearics have a say in how Palma airport is run as in-house management could prove a very useful tool in the tourist industry.

Huguet however said he had “misgivings” and feared that Palma may be left out of the power sharing scheme being afforded to other large airports in the country.

Ramis meanwhile said he felt “sure” that Blanco would be receptive to the petition of Balearic President Francesc Antich that the regional government, the Council of Majorca, and Palma City Council could all have a say in the running of the airport.

Sampol meanwhile, said that while he recognised that the arrangement would be very useful from the point of view of the Tourism industry, he feared that the private sector may have too much of a say.

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