19-04-2015PILAR PELLICER

Readers, especially those from Scotland and Ireland, will be pleased to learn that the regional government is seeking to introduce greater competition to winter air routes between the Balearics and the principal European tourism markets.

The new director-general for ports and airports, Xavier Ramis, says that this is fundamental to resolving problems of seasonality and the lack of air connection in the off-season.

The aim, therefore, is to turn around a situation as exists at present, namely that from late October to late March, when airlines’ winter schedules are in operation, the frequency of flights and the routes to Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza are reduced by as much as 85%, compared with the summer months.

Ramis believes that there are possibilities for operating in winter, but adds that it is essential to have tourism products in order that new routes can function in a viable fashion.

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Alan Cook / Hace over 6 years

Good to hear Ireland mentioned at last. For five years now I have written regularly to the Bulletin about the total absence of flights from anywhere in Ireland between October and end March each year. Dozens of second homeowners and winter cyclists,walkers, city breakers have to travel through the limited UK mainland airport flights with times mostly leaving too early for us to catch an early morning connecting `Ireland flight. Mallorca in winter and spring is sooooooo beautiful, the fiestas in January so frequent, it is such a waste of revenue resources to the island to have both a complete country (Ireland) and part of the UK(Northern Ireland) cut off for 6 months each year. Keep up the good work at the Bulletin, the battle nor even a skirmish has been won yet!

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Les Chase / Hace over 6 years

I am lucky to fly in and out of Gatwick with a great daily, all bar Christmas Day flights. It would be nice to have enough flights to justify Terminal A staying open throughout the winter months Yes, a lot of the Island dose close down in the winter, but there is still a lot to do and see. I now come to Majorca all year round, from last winter, and I enjoyed my short winter breaks as much, if not more than the summer heat. I have friends visiting the island in the summer, and tend to try to meet up with them then. In the winter, it is more quiet sight seeing in the car.

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