THE Balearic government has contacted the Secretary of State for Development to stress the region's need for special attention in the events of these kinds of situations because of the islands' dependence on air travel.

The President of the Balearics, Francesc Antich, and the Minister for Transport, Gabriel Vicens, have been holding regular crisis meetings since the strike began on Friday and yesterday afternoon they explained the local government's position. “We don't have high speed trains, roads or buses, we only have ferries and airplanes to get off the islands and in cases like this, we need to be given special attention,” Antich said. Both stressed the indignation over the covert strike not only because of the huge inconvenience it has caused to tens of thousands of people over the bank holiday but also the damage it has done to the local tourist industry.

In Minorca, the hotel association said yesterday that while bank holiday occupation was going to be at around 30 percent, at best it will be 15.
In Majorca, the hoteliers are just as furious over the business they are going to lose because of the strike.
Antich and Vicens have been in contact with all of the ferry companies urging them to lay on extra crossings to the mainland and between the islands until the situation returns to normal and that could still take a couple of days because of the backlog of flights and aircraft stranded all over Europe.

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