By Humphrey Carter
PALMA

B MI has confirmed that the daily flights between Palma and Heathrow will not resume operating next summer.
Many frequent fliers, in particular holiday home owners here in Majorca, were dismayed by the airline's decision to stop operating the service this winter but now they will have to reconsider their travel plans as the carrier confirms that the Palma routes have been cancelled along with other services such as Vienna and eventually Amsterdam.

There was, however, some good news this week when Ryanair unveiled a new daily flight from Bristol for next year but some air travellers are upset that the island is no longer served by a schedule airline and that that is no longer an alternative to the low cost carriers.

This winter there is a very limited selection of charter flights because tour operator Thomason Holidays has, for the first time ever, suspended its Majorca operation for three months.

The Bulletin reported last week on private moves to fill the gap left by BMI's withdrawal from the Majorcan market but the project is still in its early stages. The bmi, owned by German carrier Lufthansa AG, said that it is canceling routes and shedding jobs as part of a restructuring plan to cut costs and boost productivity.

Like many airlines around the world, bmi has been hit by weak demand, volatile fuel prices and increased competition.

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