Palma de Majorca.—Speaking yesterday with regional hoteliers' associations who have expressed concern over the grounding of Spanish airline Spanair, Balearic President José Ramón Bauzá said that it is “probable” that in order to maintain levels of air connections, “other carriers” will cover the routes which Spanair previously operated.

The head of Majorca's Hotel Federation (FEHM) Inmaculada de Benito explained that the President had been referring to airlines which are already well established such as Iberia, Air Nostrum and Air Europa.

De Benito said that Bauzá had claimed he had been in contact early yesterday morning with Ana Pastor, Central Government's Minister for Development and Public Works over the matter. The Minister had claimed that if there were package tours that had already been purchased with Spanair, they were “in the minority” and that tour operators had already been in contact with other airlines to resolve the issue.

Private enterprise
Other topics were on the agenda in yesterday's meeting between President Bauzá and the head of FEHM. These included Bauzá's backing for the contribution of private enterprise to previously 100 percent government-run organisations such as the Balearic Tourism Agency and the regional Hostelry school, now of international acclaim.

The contribution of the private sector had been first tabled by Bauzá back in July, but yesterday proved an opportunity to firm up the proposals. De Benito added that it had been of real significance that the President had also addressed the new Tourism Law, legislation which needs to provide security for firms about to undertake building reforms for the coming tourist season.