BRITS holidaying in Mallorca and the Canary Islands this year could not get rental cars.
A popular mode of transport for families looking to get around the idyllic islands, car hire is unavailable to many unfortunate tourists.
The situation is due to increased demand from European and Spanish tourists, all hoping to come to the island during the Easter holidays.
In some areas, such as MajorcaDemand for rental cars has seen pre-booked reservations hit 100 percent – and the situation could continue throughout the year.
In addition, there will probably be 50,000 fewer rental cars Balearic Islands compared to before the corona pandemic.
A dramatic price increase is expected for all rental cars that are still available, which will increase by 300 percent from the previous average of 15 to 60 euros per day to around 130 euros per day.
The bottlenecks are reflected in the Canary Islands where there are similar warnings for tourists arriving this week despite a doubling of the fleet to around 50,000.
Rental car companies say 65,000 cars are needed to meet demand.
Rental car companies are putting up “No Cars Available” signs throughout Easter and prices have also risen, with tourists being urged to book well in advance.
At Easter, rental car prices are 20 per cent higher than the same period in 2019 – before the Covid crisis the price per week was between 125 and 135 euros, now it is at least 220 euros.
The President of Balearic Car Rental, Ramón Reus, said: “We were afraid that the Ukraine war would reduce demand for the island ahead of Easter.
“The reality is that we are fully booked for the next five days and have everything rented out in many areas.”
He further predicted that demand will only increase in the coming days due to last-minute reservations.
The problems are expected to persist during the summer season and become even more intense in the months of July to September when demand will outstrip the number of rental cars available on the island Majorca.
Antoni Masferrer, President of the Balearic Association for Vehicle Hire Without Driver, said: “There is an increase in the arrival of foreign tourists, especially German, British, Italian and Nordic tourists, to which Spanish must be added.
“All this increases our activity, but it is true that in some areas we are not coping because there are no cars, a situation that we have been suffering since the beginning of the pandemic.”
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