The demise of Monarch, the only airline which operated low-season services to Minorca, came as a bitter blow to the local community, businesses and the tourist industry, but it appears that at least two airlines are interested in stepping in and filling the slots.
The councillor for tourism and promotion, Maite Salord, held two separate meetings yesterday. One was with directors of the Spanish airline Air Nostrum and the other was with an unnamed British carrier. Next week she will be holding another meting with bosses from easyJet.
Salord said: "We are working very hard to try and limit the damage caused by the collapse of Monarch and we are going to be studying all three possibilities once the round of meetings has concluded. All of the options are serious and we are grateful for all the effort the Balearic government is putting into helping us reestablish a winter service between Minorca and the UK. One way or another, Minorca will have a winter service."
More than a week ago, the Bulletin reported that urgent contacts were to be sought with Air Nostrum, British Airways, easyJet and Jet2.
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More winter flights are certainly needed to Palma Mallorca for homeowners but also golfers, cyclists, expats and workers. One or two more hotels in resort areas would not go a miss either, there are many people looking to spend the winter weeks/months away from the uk not to mention Christmas & New year. Flights from anywhere north of Manchester would also be welcomed!
Lucky Minorca! I hope these flights materialise! Pity they couldn’t also organise Mallorca flights so that owners could visit their properties in the winter months -I’m sure more people would be interested in Long Weekend/ Midweek visits to Palma -but will the hotels be opened? Lack of flats for rent is also a problem!!! Gone are the days when you could go over to Palma for a week in December - whenever you wanted
Inter Island " Hoppa " Flights, could bring passengers to, and from Mallorca and Minorca. Then the Major Low Cost Carriers could increase their Winter Programs.