German airlines announce massive cancellations of flights to the Balearic Islands in January and February

The Omicron variant has crippled Mallorca holiday bookings across Europe for this Christmas, according to the island’s hotel chains, tour operators and Central European tour groups. At the same time, German airlines are already announcing flight cancellations in the Balearic Islands for January and February, due to the drop in demand due to this latest virus strain.

“The paralysis is absolute by the latest restrictions approved, mainly by the British and German governments to nip in the bud the contagions of the Omicron over the next two weeks. The situation is worrying and the only thing that saves us, c ‘is that we are in the middle of the low season,’ said the commercial directors of the hotel chains.

The new restrictions oblige travelers coming to Mallorca and the rest of the islands to present a PCR upon their return to their country to avoid quarantine. Hotel companies are concerned because many reservations made may not be confirmed: “There are few cancellations, but the reservations we have made may later become what we call no shows, that is say they don’t show up. » The flexibility that prevails throughout Europe in the pandemic exemption from paying any penalty if a tourist does not show up at the establishment that has booked,” said chains and the Hotel Association of Palma.

It is this market dynamic, full of uncertainties, which has led European airline groups such as Lufthansa (which includes Eurowings, Swiss, Austria Airlines and Brussels Airlines) to announce the mass cancellation of flights to the Balearic Islands and other Mediterranean destinations, as well as to the Caribbean, due to the negative impact of omicron on reservations for January and February. Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr told the German press that the decision was taken “due to low demand in our main markets, hence the cancellation of flights during these two months, where there will be a very low activity”. “.