Record number of winter routes
Anyone who fancies a winter break in Mallorca this year has more choice of departure airports than ever before. With airlines new and old flooding into Palma airport there are 140 routes, including 24 brand new ones, available to us, the flying public.
If every seat on every aircraft from November to March was filled, there would be 6.2 million passengers (ie about 3 million people there and back) which is 18% more than last year. It's a great step for what we call 'deseasonalisation' here on an island famous for being jam packed throughout the summer yet not so in the off season.
There has been a promotional campaign taking place aimed at the public, big tour operators and airlines called 'Better in Winter,' and it's thought that this may have had an effect. Needless to say, Mallorca's hoteliers are already cock-a-hoop and predicting average occupancy rates of 70% throughout the winter.
Winter is probably a bad word to use because compared to northern Europe, the weather here is fantastic; ideal for outdoor activities by day and hunkering down in a nice bar or restaurant by night. It's my favourite time of year!
So, where can we fly from? Well, the 140 routes is a bit of an exaggeration, as for certain airports, several airlines fly in, but nevertheless, there's a wide choice which I've carefully typed out (in no particular order) here;
Alicante, Almeria, Amsterdam, Algiers, Asturias, Barcelona, Basel-Mulhouse, Berlin-Schonefeld, Berlin-Tegel, Bern, Bilbao, Bremen, Bristol, Brussels, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dortmund, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Frankfurt–Hahn, Geneva, Gothenburg, Granada-Jaen, Hamburg, Hanover, Helsinki, Ibiza, Jerez, Karlsruhe-Baden Baden, Leipzig, Liverpool, Lleida, London City London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Luxembourg, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Marseilles, Memmingen, Menorca, Muenster, Munich, Nador, Nantes, Nuremberg, Oslo, Paderborn, Paris CDG, Paris Orly, Salzburg, Santiago de Compostela, Sevilla, Sofia, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Valencia, Vienna, Warsaw, Zaragoza, and Zurich!
You can find out which airlines fly from these airports on the official Aena Palma website.