THE Balearic government was confident yesterday that the thwarted terrorist plot to blow up transatlantic flights will not have an adverse affect on holidays that have already been planned by British tourists in the Balearics. Regional Economy minister, Lluis Ramis de Ayreflor said that the tourist season is now in full flood and that it was not likely that there would be last minute cancellations as a result of panic. The minister congratulated the British security forces for their “excellent work” in being one step ahead of the terrorists and averting what could have been a potentially disastrous episode. The extreme security measures taken at Heathrow airport outside London, said the minister, must have been reassuring to the British.
At first glance, it appeared that there would be no “significant economic repercussions” from operational delays and some ensuing cancellations in flights already booked to the United Kingdom, he said. De Ayreflor was anxious to reassure all people living in the Balearics that while British and American security measures are a model of thoroughness, authorities at Palma's Son Sant Joan airport were also constantly vigilant even though there had never been any terrorist activity.

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