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Palma de Mallorca Airport
Aeropuerto de Palma de Mallorca
Airport type Public and military
Operator Aena
Location Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 7 m / 24 ft
Coordinates 39°33′06″N 002°44′20″E / 39.55167°N 2.73889°E / 39.55167; 2.73889 (Palma de Mallorca Airport)Coordinates: 39°33′06″N 002°44′20″E / 39.55167°N 2.73889°E / 39.55167; 2.73889 (Palma de Mallorca Airport)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06L/24R 3,270 10,728 Asphalt
06R/24L 3,000 9,842 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Passengers 21,203,028
Passenger growth 08-09 7.1%
Source: Passengers from AENA[1]

Palma de Mallorca Airport or Aeropuerto de Palma de Mallorca (IATA: PMIICAO: LEPA) is an airport located 8 km (5.0 mi) east[2] of Palma de Mallorca, adjacent to the village of Can Pastilla. Also known as Son Sant Joan Airport or Aeropuerto de Son Sant Joan, it is the third largest airport in Spain,[1] after Madrid's Barajas Airport and Barcelona Airport. During the summer months it is one of the busiest airports in Europe, and was used by 21.2 million passengers in 2009.[1] The airport is the main base for the Spanish carrier Air Europa and also a hub for German carrier Air Berlin.

Son Sant Joan Airport occupies an area of 6.3 km2 (2.4 sq mi). Due to rapid growth of passenger numbers, additional infrastructure was added to the two terminals A (1965) and B (1972). This main terminal was designed by local architect Pere Nicolau Bonet and was officially opened on 12 April 1997. The airport now consists of four gate areas: Terminal A is mostly used for domestic flights, while Terminals B, C and D are for international traffic. The airport can handle 25 million passengers per year, with a capacity to dispatch 12,000 passengers per hour. Future plans include an increase of the passenger capacity to 32 million passengers in 2010 and to 38 million passengers in 2015.



Palma de Mallorca Airport, August 2008

The history of Palma de Mallorca airport began in the 1920's, where seaplanes were used to post services to the other Balearic Islands. A flat area of ground next to Son Sant Joan was then used in the 1930's for flight routes to other areas in Spain. A private Aerodome was also set up.[3]

1n 1938, Palma de Mallorca airport started being used for military aviation, where Iberia and Lufthansa established new routes to the military base.[4]

In 1954, Palma de Mallorca's runway was extended and asphalted, and also had brand new taxiways and aprons added near it. This made the airport able to serve more airlines and more types of aircraft.

The increase in traffic in 1958 led to a new terminal to be constructed, and made the air base into a large passenger airport. A new large apron was also built. The new airport opened to domestic and international traffic on 7 July 1960. Just two weeks later, expansion to the aerodome was planned,including the extension of the runway and taxiway. At the end of the year, more plans were made, including a power plant, a communications centre and fire and rescue facilities.[5]

After reaching 1 million passengers for the first time in 1962, 1n 1965, a new terminal was constructed, and air navigation services were completed at the end of the following year. Also in 1965, a smaller terminal which today is terminal B was planned to be built, due to passenger numbers increasing rapidly, reaching 2 million in 1965. A second runway was also to be built. It was to be built parallel to the existing one, and work began on it in 1970. Two years later, terminal B went into service, and the second runway opened in 1974.

In 1980, the airport carried 7 million passengers. However, this increased to nearly 10 million in 1986. This yet again led to a new terminal to be constructed, which is today's current terminal, which is terminal A. Construction started in mid 1993 and was designed by the Majorcan architect Pere Nicolau Bonet. during the construction in 1995, passenger numbers exceeded 15 million. The new terminal finally opened in 1997.[6]

Today, Palma de Mallorca airport carries over 20 million passengers to their destinations, particularly to mainland Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Airlines and destinations

A Niki Airbus A321-200 taxiing.
An Air Europa Boeing 737-800 being pushed back.
An Iberia Airbus A321-200 being pushed back.
Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Dublin [seasonal]
Air Berlin Alicante, Almeria, Amsterdam, Asturias, Basel/Mulhouse, Barcelona, Berlin-Schönefeld, Berlin-Tegel, Bremen, Bilbao, Ciudad Real, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Dortmund, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Erfurt, Faro, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Ibiza, Jerez, Karlsruhe, Leipzig, Madrid, Malaga, Menorca, Munich, Münster/Osnabrück, Murcia, Nuremberg, Paderborn/Lippstadt, Porto, Saarbrücken, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Stuttgart, Valencia, Zürich[7]
Air Europa Albacete, Alicante, Badajoz, Barcelona, Bilbao, Cork [seasonal], Granada, León, Madrid, Málaga, Paris-Orly, Seville, Valencia, Valladolid
Air Méditerranée Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly
Ándalus Líneas Aéreas Nador
Arkefly Amsterdam [seasonal]
Bmibaby Birmingham [seasonal], Cardiff [seasonal], East Midlands, Manchester
British Airways operated by BA CityFlyer London-City [begins 21 May; seasonal][8]
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Bulgaria Air Sofia
Cimber Sterling Copenhagen
Condor Berlin-Schönefeld, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart [all seasonal]
Darwin Airline Berne [begins 16 May]
EasyJet Basel/Mulhouse, Belfast-International [seasonal], Berlin-Schönefeld, Bristol, Doncaster/Sheffield [begins 20 April], Edinburgh, Glasgow-International, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Milan-Malpensa, Newcastle upon Tyne, Paris-Charles de Gaulle [begins 10 July]
Flybe Exeter, Southampton
Germania Berlin-Tegel [begins 3 April, seasonal]
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund, Hamburg [begins 28 March], Hanover [begins 29 April], Stuttgart
Hamburg International Friedrichshafen, Hamburg, Münster/Osnabrück [begins 2 May], Saarbrücken, Weeze
Iberia Madrid
Iberia operated by Air Nostrum Huesca, Ibiza, Minorca, Valencia, Valladolid
Iberworld Brussels, Cork, Dublin, Shannon [all seasonal] Belfast-International, Blackpool, Edinburgh [begins 26 June], Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne [all seasonal]
Jetairfly Brussels, Liège, Ostend
Lufthansa Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Monarch Airlines Birmingham, London-Luton, Manchester [all seasonal]
Niki Graz, Innsbruck [seasonal], Linz [seasonal], Lisbon, Salzburg, Vienna
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Palmair Bournemouth
OLT Kiel [begins 8 July]
Ryanair Alicante [seasonal], Birmingham [seasonal], Bristol [begins 31 March], Bournemouth [seasonal], Bratislava [begins 4 May], Bremen, Dublin [seasonal], East Midlands [seasonal], Edinburgh [seasonal], Girona, Glasgow-Prestwick, Hahn, Leeds/Bradford [begins 26 March], Liverpool, London-Stansted, Lübeck, Madrid, Oslo-Rygge [begins 2 April], Reus, Shannon [seasonal], Stockholm-Skavsta [seasonal], Weeze
Sky Work Airlines Berne [begins 28 March]
Smart Wings operated by Travel Service Brno, Prague, Ostrava [all seasonal]
Spanair Barcelona, Copenhagen, Cork [begins 1 May;seasonal], Madrid, Valencia
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva, Zürich
Swiss operated by Swiss European Airlines Geneva
Thomas Cook Airlines Aberdeen, Belfast-International, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dublin [begins 1 May], Durham Tees Valley, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow-International, Leeds/Bradford, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich
Thomson Airways Belfast-International [seasonal], Birmingham, Bournemouth [seasonal], Bristol [seasonal], Cardiff [seasonal], Doncaster/Sheffield, Durham-Tees Valley [seasonal], Dublin [begins 1 May; seasonal], East Midlands, Edinburgh [seasonal], Exeter [seasonal], Glasgow-International, Humberside [seasonal], Leeds/Bradford [seasonal], London-Gatwick, London-Luton [seasonal], London-Stansted [seasonal], Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich [seasonal], Southampton [seasonal], Shannon [begins 4 May; seasonal] Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Groningen [all seasonal] Denmark Copenhagen
Travel Service (Hungary) Debrecen
TUIfly Basel/Mulhouse [seasonal], Berlin-Tegel [begins 12 April, seasonal], Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg [seasonal], Hanover, Munich, Nuremberg [seasonal], Stuttgart
Vueling Airlines Barcelona, Bilbao [begins 30 March], Lleida
Wizz Air Budapest, Cluj-Napoca

In addition to those listed above, there are also numerous charter flights.

Since 2002 the former Terminal B is no longer in use. The new terminal B known as Módulo B or Interislas has been built next to the control tower, and is used for inter-Islands (Mahón and Ibiza) flights.

Terminal A, part of the original airport, is currently being used for the majority of British bound low fares and charter flights. Easyjet has its own set of boarding in this part of the airport, which has also been recently expanded to create two levels of gates.


Following a decline in passenger numbers at the airport following the September 11 attacks in 2001, numbers rose steadily between 2002 and 2007 when traffic peaked at 23.2 million passengers, however from 2007 there has been a decline in passenger numbers with 21.2 million using the airport in 2009.[1]

Passengers Operations
1999 19,127,773 168,533
2000 19,424,243 176,997
2001 19,206,964 169,603
2002 17,832,558 160,329
2003 19,185,919 168,988
2004 20,416,083 177,859
2005 21,240,736 182,028
2006 22,408,427 190,304
2007 23,227,983 197,354
2008 22,832,865 193,357
2009 21,203,028 177,492
Source: Aena Statistics [1]


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