BALEARIC minister for Transport, Gabriel Vicenç gave assurances yesterday that air connections between the Balearics and Catalonia on the mainland will be guaranteed this winter, thanks - he claimed - to excellent relations in this area.

Vicenç was speaking yesterday following a meeting with his colleague in Catalonia's regional government, Joaquim Nadal who is Minister for Public Works and Territory Policy. Vicenç explained that if a particular connection or the frequency of its running was under threat, the two regional ministries would search for a substitution as quickly as possible. He added that in spite of the difficulties currently facing the airline industry, the airline operational timetable has “never been better.”