While airlines claim that the cost of Saturday's six hour power cut at Palma airport could exceed 500 million pesetas, the damage the electricity failure has done to Majorca's image is priceless and Balearic Chief Minister Francesc Antich yesterday admitted that he is extremely worried about the damage the power failure has done to the region. Antich stressed the urgency for the reasons for the fault to be confirmed and for all the stops to be pulled out to ensure that such an embarrassing disaster never happens again. The Chief Minister met the Palma airport director Mariano Menor yesterday in order to discuss what happened on Saturday and to hear for himself “every single detail” regarding the failure which affected some 100'000 tourists. While Antich praised the willingness of Menor to co-operate, he said that Spanish airport and air traffic control authority AENA, had to accept responsibility for the power cut and the serious problems and financial losses it caused airport users, companies which operate in the terminal, airline and tour operators. Antich said that there is now a need more than ever for a close level of co-operation between government departments and Son San Joan in order to make sure the chaos caused over the weekend never happens again. The disaster has also added further fuel to the campaign by the local government to manage Balearic airports in co-operation with other local private institutions. The PSM Majorcan Socialist Party yesterday said in view of the “obvious deficiencies” in the administration services in central government, there is an “urgent” need for a Balearic consortium to take over management of the airport. mc.mdbUbitel.es

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