Low-cost carrier easyJet has announced plans to make Palma de Mallorca its first ever seasonal base, a move that highlights the ongoing popularity of Mallorca and the other Balearic Islands as an international tourist and second home destination.
From March to October 2017, there will be three EasyJet aircraft based at the Spanish airport, where the existing capacity of 66 flights a day is expected to rise to 100 this summer. Recent figures from Aena show the extent to which demand for easyJet flights has increased over the past decade – the airline carried double the amount of passengers through the airport in 2015 compared with 2004.
More recently, in March 2016 alone, the Balearic Islands, of which Mallorca is the largest and most developed, welcomed 678,000 international tourists – a 39.3 per cent rise compared to the same month last year. The same figures released by Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE) showed that 4.82 million tourists visited Spain in the same month, with UK visitors increasing by 25 per cent year on year.
The UK remains the largest single market for international tourism in Spain, accounting for 23.1% of all visitors in March. In a further shot of confidence, Mallorca is one of the ten best islands in the world for a holiday, according to TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice 2016 awards which placed it sixth, ranking it ahead of Mauritius and Phuket. The leading travel site commented that “the dreamy island that provided inspiration to Chopin and Miró now has a reputation as a spring break beach destination”.