Alvaro Middelmann, Maria Jose Hidalgo, Jose Hila and Joana Maria Adrover at yesterday’s meeting.

The Mayor of Palma, Jose Hila, has added his voice to the campaign for better winter flights connections to and from Majorca.

Today (Monday), the mayor, accompanied by the councillor for tourism, Joana Maria Adrover, held a meeting with the director general of Air Europa, Maria Jose Hidalgo, and the advisor to the chairman of Globalia, Air Europa’s parent company, Alvaro Middelmann, to discuss the lack of winter flights to and from Palma during the winter.

The Bulletin has been campaigning for two years for more winter flight connections to and from the UK, but it is not only the British, in particular the Scots, who have no direct flights to Palma during the winter and who are left stranded during the low season. Direct flights to and from Scandinavia are also significantly reduced and this is what the mayor wanted to discuss with Air Europa yesterday.

Hila is also worried about the reduction in the number of domestic and inter-island services during the winter. “The lack of winter flights is not only hitting local residents, it is also hampering efforts to prolong the tourist season. All the hard work which has been and is going in to establishing Palma as a first-rate city break destination is, to a certain extent, wasted during the winter because of the lack of flights,” Hila said.