Palma.—Less than 24 hours after the tourist industry breathed a sigh of relief in response to news that the proposed nationwide airport handling strike had been averted, the Balearic tourist industry was back on action stations yesterday gripped by the threat of a coach strike starting at midnight.

Throughout the day, the Association of Balearic Travel Agents, Aviba, pleaded for the industrial action to be called off while the Majorcan Hotel federation demanded that the strike be “immediately” cancelled.

The Bank Holiday weekend strike, if it goes ahead, will affect hundreds of thousands of people needing coach transfers to and from the airport, not to mention those wishing to go on an excursion.

Unions were locked in talks yesterday afternoon thrashing out how minimum services are going to work but there were rumours that striking coach drivers could mount pickets outside Palma's EMT municipal bus depot disrupting public transport services in the capital.

Aviba warned that the Balearics is continuing to send out the wrong message to its international clients and the Association of British Travel Agents, Abta, was on the phone to the Bulletin first thing yesterday afternoon as news of the threatened strike began to ripple through the British tourist industry.

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