Since the number of infections on Mallorca had recently exceeded the threshold of 50 infections per week and per 100,000 inhabitants set by the RKI, the entire Balearic Islands were classified as a risk area in addition to the Spanish mainland. And that, although the focus is clearly on Mallorca. For German charter guests, this means that when they return to Germany they either have to take a corona test upon entry or go straight to a 14-day Quran.
This development is having a hard time affecting the charter industry, as after the disastrous start to the season due to the lockdown, the booking situation for August to early September had been quite good, which gave the local fleet operators hope. "It's a catastrophe for us," says Dirk Kadach of 1st class yachts that operate in Can Pastilleine. "After the easing, business got off to a good start, and we had practically used the yachts to full capacity for the next ten weeks." Now there is a hail of cancellations, as other fleet operators on site confirm at the request of the YACHT.
The big problem now is how to deal with these cancellations, as it did at the beginning of the Corona crisis: The bookings do not fall under the flat-rate travel law, so the travel warning does not mean an automatic right to free reimbursement - because yacht charter takes place under the in most cases significantly less customer-unfriendly tenancy law.
With 1st class yachts one tries to escape forwards: "As far as the booking situation allows, we offer customers to rebook to Croatia or the Baltic Sea or to postpone the trip to 2021", says Dirk Kadach. Other providers, who do not want to be named, are less willing to compromise in view of the difficult situation. D "only" a travel warning applies, but no lockdown on site, they insist that the customers sail or otherwise have to bear the cancellation costs according to the charter contract. Experience has shown that this is often 100 percent so shortly before the trip. Because the fact is: You can sail on site without restrictions, you just have to accept the test or quarantine obligation on your return.
It is of course more difficult if the customer also wants to travel, but the airline cancels the flights. Although Lufthansa has already announced that it will continue to fly to Mallorca, it remains to be seen whether it will stay that way if there is no demand.
Customers who have booked a charter from Mallorca this year now have nothing more than to contact their fleet operator and discuss a solution - or to fly and come to terms with the corona test on return.