The Balearic Minister for Tourism, Jaime Martinez, yesterday admitted in Parliament that at "key points of the year" air links to the region from the rest of Europe could be much better and gave assurances that the government is going to do "everything possible" to improve the situation.

The biggest problem is the lack of winter flights but already, the government claims to have struck a deal with Britain’s Jet2 and Monarch airlines to operate more flights between the UK and the Balearics this coming winter as part of the overall campaign to create a viable and sustainable winter tourist industry.

And Martinez said that airport authority AENA’s decision to freeze airport operating fees in 2015 should make the Balearics more attractive to airlines.

Over the past few years, especially during the winter, one of the most common complaints from the airlines is that operating in and out of Balearic airports has been too expensive. The Minister is also confident that a deal will be reached between management and the hostelry sector.

The two sides are currently in dead lock as they try to thrash out new contracts and the hostelry unions are threatening industrial action on the eve of peak season unless a satisfactory deal is reached. The latest threat is sporadic mass pickets outside the headquarters of the main hotel chains.