By John Smith • 29 June 2021 • 14:48
UEP FLY ready for service
Credit: UEP FLY
ON June 29, the Balearic Government announced that a new Balearic airline UEP FLY will start inter-island flights from July 15.
According to Minister of Mobility and Housing, Josep Marí the entry into the inter-island market of this new company, very good news because it will improve connectivity between the islands.
Currently, inter-island flights are undertaken by two airlines: Air Nostrum and Air Europa with 59 return trips Palma-Menorca and 75 round trips Palma-Ibiza weekly.
UEP FLY will start operating from 15 July with three daily round trips between Palma and Ibiza and two between Palma and Menorca increasing weekly connections to Menorca by 51 per cent and Ibiza by 28 per cent.
The company currently has three ATR 72 twin-propeller aircraft, which are environmentally sustainable, with a capacity for 68 passengers.
Majority shareholder in the new airline is Swiftair, a Spanish company with 35 years of history dedicated to cargo transport, passenger transport for other airlines, as well as charter flights and has worked with Air Europa on the inter-island routes in the past.
Once underway, the company plans, to increase the number of daily flights as well as to expand destinations that connect the Balearic Islands with the peninsula.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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