STAFF REPORTER IN the hours after the blast in Palmanova yesterday, police ordered that no planes, ships or pleasure boats leave the island while they hunted for the bombers. Airports and ports were shut for several hours.

Dozens of outbound flights were affected and incoming flights were diverted. British tour operator Thomson Holidays was forced to call two flights back to the U.K. and said that two others were being diverted to other Spanish Islands. The move comes at the height of the tourist season when Palma is Spain's third busiest airport. It finally reopened just before 6pm.

Port closures meanwhile had meant that various ferry sailings from Majorca were delayed due to security checks but Iscomar and Acciona shipping lines said that none of their crossings had been cancelled. Police road blocks caused major traffic tailbacks.