Lufthansa Group carrier Eurowings has announced new UK routes to the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.
From the end of May the airline will operate flights from both Birmingham and Manchester to Palma de Mallorca airport.
Eurowings said that it was “entering the British travel market in response to the surge in demand for flights between the UK and Mallorca”.
The new routes will initially operate twice weekly, and the carrier said that “A further expansion of UK flights by Eurowings will be considered in the coming weeks”.
Mallorca is already served from Birmingham by Jet 2, Ryanair and TUI, and from Manchester by Easyjet, Jet 2, Ryanair and TUI. Note that not all these services are currently operating, due to lockdown and travel restrictions.
Eurowings said that it had made the decision to launch the new routes from the UK “since a run on holiday travel has already begun there”.
“As soon as the date for the end of the corona shutdown was set, many Britons immediately secured flights to Southern Europe, mainly to Mallorca,” said the carrier.
“Immediately after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speech on opening steps, holiday bookings by travel agents rose in some cases by more than 600 percent compared to the prior week. Almost at the same time, Mallorca announced steps for opening restaurants and bars after recording significantly lower Coronavirus figures than before.”
Eurowings has an established base in Mallorca, operating ‘Palma Shuttle’ services to Germany. In total the Lufthansa Group will serve the Balearic island from 22 airports in Germany, Austria and Switzerland this summer.
Last month Lufthansa outlined plans to offer “the most extensive range of vacation destinations in years” this summer, with an increase in destinations from both Frankfurt and Munich, with a “special focus” on routes to the Caribbean, the Canary Islands and Greece.
Fellow Lufthansa Group carrier Austrian also recently confirmed a “clear focus on tourist destinations” this summer, as demand for leisure travel begins to return.