Car-hire fleets are off the road.

29-03-2020Patricia Lozano - Archive

The Aevab association of vehicle-hire businesses in the Balearics believes that 30% of these businesses could go bankrupt because of the crisis. The association's president, Ramón Reus, is hopeful of a reactivation of tourism by mid-June; if not, "it will be a disaster for the sector and for the economy of the Balearics".

The association has 250 member companies. In addition, there are the large companies that belong to another association - Baleval. These bring the total number up to 270.

At present, there are some 70,000 hire cars in the Balearics. Reus says that companies are negotiating the return of vehicles with dealers and manufacturers. "They are not going to be needed, because there is no tourism activity whatsoever." If these negotiations are unsuccessful, "companies' situations will worsen in every respect, and they will be forced into making cuts or they will be forced to close because they are bankrupt".

Both Aevab and Baleval hope that there is a return to normality by June, but they recognise that there will have to an "absolute reversal" for tourists to return. "We are pessimistic, but we have to hope that things will get better," Reus adds.

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Paul purser / Hace 2 months

Too many shady dishonest operators in Mallorca. They give the island a bad name. Some of the notorious sharks going bust would be good thing and perhaps from the ashes more reputable operators would evolve

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Dave G / Hace 2 months

We all feel terrible for the sector that has ripped off innocent customers for years with all their hidden add ons. No one is crying if they go under. They are vermin. Good luck starting again in June, mighg be a tad tricky given easyjet & ryanair have grounded their entire fleets and put their employees on govt payroll for at least 2 months. However, as their will br no demand to fly in the summer, it makes financial sense to keep the staff on gov't payroll for as long as possible. There will be no flights until September and no season in Mallorca. Terraferida will have the beaches to themselves, shame them and their families wont be able to afford to eat.

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STAN / Hace 2 months

I appreciate the loss of employment for those working at Hire Car Company. But, when I see there are 70,000 Vehicles that could be put into use on this small Island. No wonder in normal operation circumstances the roads are saturated with vehicles in a season.

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James Davis / Hace 2 months

sell them at an extreme discount to locals.

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