Holiday makers on the Balearic island of Majorca are being allowed to travel home following a ban on air traffic in the wake of Wednesday’s bomb that left two dead.
Palma airport is now open to inbound and outbound flights, after two Thomson flights were turned around and sent back to Gatwick. Another two flights which were already near the islands were diverted to other airports in the Balearics.
Chaos reigned at Palma airport as holiday makers due to fly back to the UK were left stranded, without hotel accommodation and no word on when the island’s various ports would re-open.
The blast has been attributed initially to terrorist activities of the Basque ETA movement, following a similar blast in the mainland city of Burgos a day earlier. It co-incides with the 50th anniversary of the terrorist organisation that is fighting for an independent Basque state.
No tourists were killed in the bomb attack, which occurred at 2pm local time, only two local policemen. A further 60 were injured in the Burgos attack.
By 9pm the authorities were once again allowing flights to leave and arrive but the sheer volume of summer traffic to the islands means that a huge backlog is now causing headaches for airlines, travellers and tour operators.