Tourists at Palma airport.

23-04-2016A. GINARD

For UK travellers, the lack of direct winter flights to the Balearics has been a problem for years, and the regional authorities are also concerned. Winter flights to the Balearics, or rather the lack of direct links, present an ongoing problem for the UK and other northern European countries such as Norway and Sweden. All the airlines have announced significant increases in the number of seats for this summer, but during the winter months direct flights to Majorca, for example, are few and far between. Scotland, for instance, has no direct winter flights to Palma, while the north of England is sparsely served, as are parts of Scandinavia. This does little to help encourage winter tourism.

Yesterday, the parliamentary tourism commission approved a motion to lobby the Balearic government on taking measures to improve flight connections, especially between Palma and major European cities. One of the catalysts to the problem getting worse was the demise of airlines last year: Monarch, Air Berlin and Niki. Huge gaps have been left in the market during the low season and a number of summer services have also been grounded. Some UK airlines have been quick to grab the summer slots left by Monarch, but there are concerns that a number of services left abandoned by Niki have not been snapped up.


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les / Hace 30 days

Matt, that is good news. Sadly Jet2 don't fly from the South, I live about 20 mins from Southampton and 45 mins from Bournemouth, and both airports stop Mallorca flights by Oct until May. I can't see that changing. Also Mallorca is starting to get expensive.


Matt / Hace about 1 month

les, Next year Jet2 are going to be flying into Mallorca all year from 2 airports, as far as I know its only 2 flights a week. 1 from Manchester and the other one from stansted, its a start and hopefully demand will be high so that they can put more flights on.


les / Hace about 1 month

I live in the forgotten South of the UK. I would love to visit in the Winter but there are no Holidays available from Tui etc, also most of the Hotels, Restaurants and shops are closed, so unless you can convince those to stay open and then the travel companies to sell winter breaks it's not going to happen. In the meantime it's Lanzarote for a winter break.


Colin F / Hace about 1 month

Maybe a small levy on summer flights when there are too many flights and demand outstrips supply, which could be used to lower costs for flights in winter when we all want more flights.


Ken Dodd’s Dad’s Dog’s Dead / Hace about 1 month

The direct flights that do operate are as quiet as the Palma Cathedral mouse


B17MCG / Hace about 1 month

Whats the point of increasing flights ? If people do come in the Winter where do they stay. ? Hotels are closed and the number of rental places have been reduced, Many places outside of the Palma area close down altogether . So its not just the flights that are an issue.


palmadave / Hace about 1 month

I don't see any Spanish airlines filling the 'huge gaps'. Why is this?