Palma.—Irish no frills airline Ryanair yesterday announced that it is going to significantly increase its operations out of Barcelona airport by filling the gap left by Spanair which ceased operating the week before last. The Irish airline is going to increase the number of aircraft based in Barcelona from ten to 13 and announced that it will be significantly increasing its flights from Barcelona to Ibiza, Palma and Minorca.

The new Minorca route will take to the skies in April, in time for the early Easter holidays while the chairman of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary yesterday opened his arms to Spanair staff who have lost their jobs.

The extra aircraft and flights will mean that Ryanair will need to employ nearly 6'000 people in Catalonia.
And there was further good news for Minorca when British Airways announced that its affiliate CityFlyer is going to be operating between London City Airport and the island three times during season until September 28.

CityFlyer first began its Balearic operation by flying to Palma, then Ibiza and now Minorca.