UK tourists in Majorca warned as locals plan to bring airport 'to standstill'

New anti-tourism protests are threatening to shut down an airport on a Spain holiday island. Protestors against mass tourism are threatening to paralyse Palma airport as demonstrations spread to Majorca following protests in the Canary Islands.

Furious locals under the slogan 'Menys Turisme, Més Vida' or 'Less Tourism, More Life' are planning to descend on Palma Son Sant Joan Airport and want to bring the airport to a standstill. Climate activist Pere Joan Femenia warned the demonstration was a shared social response to overtourism.

The president of environmentalists GOB, Margalida Ramis, said: "Collective strength is necessary for obtaining an immediate, medium-term and also long-term response." Ramis added: "During this period of government we have to change things, because although in three years there may be a change in political colour, we already know that that is not the solution."

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A "massive" demonstration will be organised, although no date was set. Meanwhile, there will be a protest in Palma next Saturday (May 25) and has been called by the Sencelles Banc del Temps collective amid rising tensions in Spain.

It comes after the island's Hoteliers Federation president, Maria Frontera, called for a "strategic plan" to tackle tourist overcrowding, saying that "we are in a critical situation". Frontera insisted that decisions must be made "based on objective data and not certain ideologies".

She added that current problems are not new and that the hoteliers have been calling for "a transformation process" for several years. "Seeking a balance of coexistence between residents and visitors has long been an issue on these islands," she warned.

"We all saw it and we have asked that it be managed better. But governments tend to be more reactive than preventive." Brits have faced tension in Lanzarote and Tenerife in recent weeks and months with demonstrations over the influx of holidaymakers to the holiday hotspot.

Locals say Brits invading means a lack of affordable housing for islanders.