Palma: not just for summer as airlines increase winter flights

EXTENDED SCHEDULES: Airlines will provide 10,228 extra seats.

TOUR operators and airlines are beginning to realise that the Balearics have become an all-year-round attraction and that it’s not just the summer trade that needs catering for.

New improved flight connections from destinations in the UK are ensuring that Palma becomes more accessible as a year-round destination.

According to Travel, the company Jet2 will start its 2016 flights from Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Edinburgh from February and March.

Also, flights from Manchester begin on February 11, every fortnight with an increase to three times a week from March 5, which will lead into the normal summer timetable of 20 flights a week from May.

Services to Mallorca from Leeds Bradford are due to begin on February 26, with at least two flights per week, before gradually increasing to their normal summer schedule of 12 times a week.

Starting from March 3, twice-weekly flights from Edinburgh will arrive on Thursdays and Sundays. This rate will increase to five times a week during the summer.

The overall number of new flights from the UK during February and March 2016, means that a total capacity of 10,228 extra seats will be available.

Ryanair have stated that throughout the summer next year, they will be increasing the flight frequency from Birmingham to Palma to nine departures a week, as opposed to the one per day of 2015.

In addition, Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling is increasing the number of existing flights from Cardiff to Palma, to three times per week as from March 28, with daily flights in June, July, August and September.

Aer Lingus flights will increase from two to five per week from Belfast City Airport, representing 25,000 more seats for next summer over this year.

Data from island’s tourist office, VisitPalma.

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