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Majorca airport strike over

Tourists at Majorca airport
Blankets and refreshments are being made available to those stranded  

PALMA, Majorca -- A coach driver's strike in Spain's Balearic Islands is officially over -- but tourists still face lengthy delays.

The knock-on effects of the strike have led to flights to the islands being delayed and long waits at Majorca's Palma airport as taxis struggle to meet demand from tourists.

Spanish coach drivers, whose strike over pay finished at midnight on Sunday, effectively crippled Palma airport by refusing to take holiday-makers to their hotels.

Airports across Europe and the neighbouring Balearic islands of Menorca and Ibiza also felt the effects of the strike.

Holidaymakers arriving on the islands were having to wait in taxi queues for three hours or more before being able to reach their villas and apartments.

Meanwhile, some UK travellers were stranded at British airports for up to 33 hours.

Alan Flook, secretary general of the UK Federation of Tour Operators, said: "The Balearic government have said by midnight (Sunday) it will be over but obviously it will take some time to get back to normal."

As the deadline loomed, tempers frayed and there were reports on Sunday of violent confrontations at Palma airport, with strikers said to have slashed the tyres of taxis and stoned vehicles of strikebreakers.

The airport authority AENA reported 8,000 people were camped out at Palma airport on Sunday.

About 300,000 tourists, most from Britain, Germany and Scandinavia, are expected to arrive at the Balearic islands over the next few days.

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