Ryanair will not be operating the winter service from Edinburgh to Palma. | Miquel A. Cañellas


Spring has not even arrived yet, it begins on Monday, but Scottish travellers and Majorca homeowners have already been hit with an unexpected blow. Ryanair announced this week that it is going to cancel its direct flights from Edinburgh to Palma this winter from 26 October; people who have already booked flights will be reimbursed.

This will mean that there will be no direct flights from Scotland to Majorca this coming winter.

What will come as another bitter pill to swallow is that Ryanair have also announced a winter programme to include two new Aberdeen routes to Alicante and Malaga, three new Glasgow routes to Krakow, Madrid and Frankfurt, 13 new Edinburgh routes to Budapest, Baden-Baden, Carcassonne, Hamburg, Eindhoven, Katowice, Nantes, Prague, Szczecin, Toulouse, Treviso, Valencia and Wroclaw - but nothing to Majorca. The low-cost carrier did operate a winter schedule this winter but it would appear that the service was not financially viable.

The only Ryanair flight to Majorca will be from Stansted- no Edinburgh nor Manchester winter flights this year - which will mean catching connecting flights.

But it is not just the Scots who are facing problems. Monarch, for the first time in years, will not be operating winter flights from Manchester to Palma. Regular users of the flight have already begun contacting the Bulletin to raise the issue and complain.