The Chief Executive Officer of Jet2 and Jet2holidays, Steve Heapy, was in Palma today to present the airline and tour operator’s summer programme for 2016 to over 200 hoteliers from across the Balearics.
Accompanied by the president of the Majorcan Hotel Federation, Inma de Benito, and Pep Cañellas, the CEO of destination management company NT incoming, which looks after Jet2’s and many other tour firms' clients from across the world in the Balearics and Spain, Heapy said that Jet2Holidays and NT incoming are forecasting a 20 per cent increase in clients coming to Majorca next year and that in 2016 Jet2 will bring more than 200,000 holidaymakers from the UK to Majorca.
Heapy explained that Jet2 does not intend to increase its load to Majorca by boosting peak summer traffic. "We are not going to be increasing flights or capacity during the peak months of July and August; the increase in passengers is going to be because we are going to lengthen our season. We are going to be operating between February and November."
As to a full winter programme, Heapy agreed that Majorca has plenty to offer in the winter - cycling and golf in particular - "but at the moment, the commercial market, which would work both ways, is not there from mid-December to the end of January.
"We’ve looked at it and, at the moment, it’s not financially viable to lay on more flights. However, next year we’re taking the first step towards lengthening the season, and I would love to see Jet2 flying all year to Majorca in the mid term."