Tourists are to have another option for getting to some tourist resorts this summer.

15-10-2016Pilar Pellicer

Regional transport minister Marc Pons has announced that the government intends creating bus services which directly connect Palma airport with the main tourism centres on the island.

Pons says that these services are expected to start in May. They will run throughout the main season, i.e. up to October. The government is currently negotiating with bus companies regarding five routes: Alcudia/Can Picafort; Cala d'Or/Porto Petro; Cala Millor; Magalluf; Santa Ponsa. The services will run every hour or ninety minutes, and it is anticipated that more than a million passengers will use them.

"We need to be making changes in order to keep ahead." Pons pointed out that the bus routes will improve services for tourists, who at present have to rely on transfer services, taxis and hire cars.

And taxi drivers have reacted by announcing that there will be protests. The Balearic Taxi Association says the bus services will harm taxi drivers and around 2,000 families, while benefiting foreign transport companies. One of these would probably be the UK's Arriva, which is a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn. Autocares Mallorca is an Arriva company.

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Sibs / Hace 8 days

Initially this sounds a good idea, transfers can take hours by coaches, taxis are £100+ return to Alcudia, (which i'm happy to pay rather than sit on a coach for longer than the flight!) So my initial thought is good but where in the Towns will they drop tourists off? I can't see them driving around to the many Hotels dropping people off, so a central point perhaps, thus leaving people to drag their suitcases, kiddies etc through towns to get to their Hotel, supposing they are familiar to ir's location, which is going to stress them out even more, and how many tourists and their cases, pushchairs etc will each bus carry??

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minodora vila / Hace 9 days

Good to know

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Ron / Hace 11 days

I gave you a +tick Dave. But no chance of 'moonlighting' at the airport nowadays. Cameras checking all cars that enter. Don't go more than 2 times a day!! Taxi drivers hoped that would guarantee them jobs for life. At last a victory for the poor tourists!!

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Dave / Hace 11 days

Judging from all my negative votes below, there are obviously a lot of fat DB readers moonlighting as taxi drivers!

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Mike / Hace 11 days

Nothing like a bit of competition too bring the rip off merchants into line now watch the prices fall

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Stuart Mead / Hace 11 days

How about Soller. Saves having to get two buses or bus and train. Will not use the cowboy taxis.

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Austin Morgan / Hace 11 days

Not before time let us hope they run like the present bus service which goes into Palma city and to Arenal, the hopper service has gone downhill of late with long waiting times and airport office organisation next to useless.

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Steve, Palma Nova / Hace 11 days

Whoooaaaa.... wait to hear the taxi drivers union complain her very soon...(like the hoteliers they don't know that Franco's dead yet)

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Diana Lebaschi / Hace 11 days

About time, however why not up North?? either to Pollenca or Port de Pollenca

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Diane / Hace 12 days

Great idea as we have a family of 5 it's always 2 taxis which cost a fortune. Taxi are rip off merchants. This would be welcomed by myself and family

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