Something unnerving is happening in the airline industry. Just over the past few months, with the tourist industry forecast to grow even greater next year - Spain, and the Balearics set for another record season, although it could be the last as the traditional competing destinations come back online and the islands face losing their so-called "borrowed" tourists - a number of once wellestablished airlines have gone to ground.

Monarch, a British flag carrier, folded, along with Air Berlin, which in Germany carried similar status; a British start-up airline created for skiers never took off the ground despite having taken bookings; and now Niki, a wing of Air Berlin, has also stopped operating.

And as the larger airlines all shuffle to try and pick up the slots and operating bases across Europe, British airlines have been warned that they could lose all flying rights to the European Union if there is no transition agreement after Brexit. In the meantime, Ryanair could be hit by festive strikes, or rather its passengers will, so what is going wrong?

Again, here in Majorca, we’ve seen that the airlines still have little stomach for operating flights this winter, the north of England and Scotland are cut off again, despite demand. So, how can the tourist industry be on course for another record year, particularly in Europe, with the airline industry literally up in the air?

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Jeremy / Hace about 1 month

I can’t see this is scare mongering at all.

Take a look at the easyJet web site. Mid jan fares to the uk are £200. I have a boat here and was going to come down for a few days. I pay less in august.

Lack of monarch and air Berlin will have a huge impact. Don’t thing that a competitor will just join in as the monarch slots were sold to ba who are anything but cheap.

People will just goto cheaper destinations.

Companies go bust when they believe their customers are both loyal and have no choice. Mallorca is doing the same thing and believing it can never end. It can and it will. An island that tells tourists to go away. Air fares up. Air bnb banned and doubling of the tourist tax and a minister who is happy to loose 1m tourists. Does anyone honestly think this is going to have a happy outcome for mallorca when tourism is the dominant industry ?

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S. / Hace about 1 month

Having seen the extortionate flight costs for the week before Xmas. Plus the week after the New Year. Caused by the lack of available Flights. I can appreciate what H C is concerned about. Further investigation into the cost of flights in April to October next year, endorses these concerns. The greedy Low Cost Carriers , have already raised their prices --now !.

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MelB / Hace about 1 month

Hopefully Humphrey Carter is not turning into a Jason Moore clone!!

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Steve Riches / Hace about 1 month

Oi Henry - scaremongering is the democratic right of all voters! Both sides love it and it serves the purpose of things never turning out quite as badly as each side predicted!

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Henry James / Hace about 1 month

It's about time the Daily Bulletin ceased all this brexit scare -mongering and reported real news,there will be agreements in place,it's in everyone's interests so give the scare -mongering a rest.

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