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Bad news for the last minute book under the Mallorca vacationers: On the Spanish Mediterranean island, hardly any car hire can be obtained at Easter.

Wer auf Mallorca spontan ein Auto mieten möchte, hat schlechte Karten. Zu Ostern sind kaum noch Mietwagen zu bekommen. © picture alliance / dpa-tmn If you want to rent a car on Mallorca spontaneously, has bad cards. There are hardly any car hire to get to Easter.

According to the industry, in some parts of Mallorca, all available vehicles are already reserved, reported regional newspaper «Última Hora» .

There was an unexpected high demand not only by foreign tourists, but also by visitors from the Spanish mainland, said.

"We surpassed the best forecasts," said the President of the Association of the Autover Rooms of the Balearic Islands (AEVAB), Ramón Reus, the newspaper. It was feared that the war in Ukraine would at least reduce demand. "The reality is that we are practically booked for the next five days," Reus explained.

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in the same notch Antoni masferrer, head of the competition association, the Balearic Association of the landlords of cars without driver (Balebal): "We observe an increase in arrivals of foreign tourists, especially the German, British, Italian and Nordic, but also The Spanish visitor. "

The strong increase is positive, but it is dissatisfied because of the pandemic vehicle deficiency, because you have to reject many customers. Both associations agree that in Mallorca and the other Balearic Islands, there are currently about 50,000 fewer car hire than in the year before the pandemic. "That leaves us a little room," says. This has also led to price increases of up to 300 percent. From 15 to 60 euros per day for a rental car, prices on average were climbed to 130 euros per day. In the high season between July and September you have to expect even more problems.

Car Rental Average Daily Price Up $35 Just Since December 2019 .
And it's not going to get better in 2022, sorry to say.The problem lies in the fact there just aren't as many rental cars available these days, caused in part by a large selloff of rental cars in the early part of 2020 as the pandemic started. That selloff hasn't been replaced by new vehicles entering the rental fleets. According to Auto Rental News, a trade publication that tracks the industry, the U.S. car rental industry added just over 725,000 new vehicles to their fleets in 2021, a 9 percent drop compared to 2020. But compared to the times before the pandemic, it's a more major drop, around 58 percent.

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