More and more Britons could be heading to Spain on their holidays, thanks to improved transport links between the two countries. British Airways CityFlyer has announced that it will be more than doubling its service for winter 2013/14. This is after it debuted regular flights from London City Airport to Ibiza and Mallorca in 2012/13.

Sotheby's International Realty has welcomed the move and Spanish property could be the subject of much activity among investors looking to capitalise on growing tourism numbers. Improving access to Spain for Londoners will also have positive implications for local economies, with holidaymakers providing a much needed boost to the country.

Daniel Chavarria Waschke, managing director of Balearics Sotheby's International Realty, commented: "In winter 2011/12 British Airways did not operate one single flight direct from the UK to the Balearics, but for winter 2012/13 they made the brave decision to extend their twice weekly flights throughout the season.  

"The decision seems to have paid off as the flights have proved so popular that next winter, from 27 October, two flights a week will become five for Ibiza and four for Mallorca. British Airways is currently the only airline offering direct flights from the UK to Ibiza during the winter months – perhaps others will follow suit."

Off-peak, there is still plenty to do in Ibiza and Mallorca. Mallorca is particularly known for its golf and boasts 24 of the archipelago's 26 golf courses. There are also plenty of shops, restaurants and bars available for travellers out of season, while the climate is still favourable. Ibiza is slightly more subdued during winter but there are plenty of opportunities to explore the island.

Improving links between London and Ibiza and the Balearics also has a positive effect for the capital. Mr Chavarria Waschke explained that the London City Airport's Dockland has great appeal for the Balearics' affluent target audience, thanks to its proximity to the financial district and wealthy suburban areas.



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