London.—Last month, the number of low cost airline passengers handled by the Balearics' three airports rose by 36.8 percent, making the region the country's most popular low cost destination and further supporting figures released on Saturday that there has been a significant turn around in tourism since the start of the year.

With Easter falling last month and the United Kingdom enjoying a bonus two-week holiday, it was the April surge in air passengers which has pushed up the tourism figures for the first four months of the year. According to data released yesterday by the Ministry for Tourism, Commerce and Industry in Madrid, the number of low cost passengers using Palma airport during the first four months of the year rose by 6.4 percent to reach 1'011'399.

But, it is not only the low cost airlines which have been enjoying healthy growth in passenger figures. According to the Ministry's report, Palma's Son San Joan airport also experienced a 43.3 percent increase in passengers using scheduled airlines last month. Nationally, the country's airports handled 9.15 million low cost passengers during the first four months of the year, 22 percent more than during the same period last year.

The figures add further evidence that the Balearics and Spain are very much back in fashion again this year and that more flights should be operating during the winter.