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Palma de Mallorca Airport is one of the Europe’s busiest, particularly during summer, when hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to Spain to enjoy sun and fun at the beach. In 2010 the airport handled some 21.1 passengers and this number is envisaged to rise in the coming years. Already Mallorca ranks as the third largest airport in Spain, only Madrid and Barcelona’s are busier.
Mallorca Airport is situated just 8 kilometres / 5 miles east of Palma, the capital of Mallorca. Close to the village Can Pastilla. It is also known as Son Sant Joan Airport of Aeroport de Son Sant Joan.
Spain is one of the world’s most visited countries and has remained a favourite with tourists from the UK, Germany and France despite the worldwide economic downturn. Indeed, this summer saw visitor numbers soar once more, proving that Mallorca, the Costa Blanca, the Costa del Sol and newcomer Murcia with its Costa Calida are as popular as ever.
A number of international airlines operate out of Palma, with Air Europa and Air Berlin being perhaps the largest, but Spanair, AlbaStar and Orbest Orizonia Airlines are also increasingly transporting European visitors to the island and home again.
Currently Mallorca Airport is equipped to deal with up to 25 million passengers per year, which equates to roughly 12,000 passengers per hour. In the future the airport is envisaged to deal with up to 38 million passengers, so expansion plans will need to be completed by 2015.
The present terminal has four modules, A, B, C and D. Module A can be found in the north. With 28 gates and 8 air bridges, Module A is the only one of the four modules that can offer double air bridges attached to the gates for speedier transfer of passengers.
Module B is the smallest of the four modules and can be found in the north east. It has 8 gates, but no air bridges and the module is only used by carrier Air Nostrum.
Module C, situated in the east one and is the largest of the four modules and has 33 gates in total with 9 of them offering air bridges. Air Berlin is the largest airline using this module, but Easyjet, Condor and Niki Air are also using this module frequently. Module C has recently undergone substantial expansion and refurbishment to handle greater passenger numbers.
Finally, Module D in the south of the site has 19 gates with 10 air bridges. This module is currently used to handle additional Europe flights, while Module C is undergoing expansion.
Other airlines offering flight connections from airport of Mallorca are Brussels Air, British Airways via BA City Flyer and BMI-baby, Flybe, Finnair, Germanwings, Helvetic Airways, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Jet2, Vueling and Monarch to name but a few.
Currently the terminal buildings have no business centre, but all other modern amenities are there: banking facilities with ATM for cash transactions, car hire stations, currency exchange desks, café, snack bar and restaurant for dining and three VIP lounges that offer at least basic business services like faxing and copying. Passengers with mobility issues or disabled passengers have full access to all parts of the terminal buildings. Information desks provide passengers with assistance and information, should they require help.
Getting to the airport is easy by road from Palma and the surrounding coastal resorts. Parking is conveniently located just outside the modules of the terminals, offering some 5,700 spaces for passengers and visitors.
The airport doesn’t have a train station, but onward travel via busses and taxis as well as car rental is at hand. Two bus lines link the site with the capital Palma and with surrounding towns and resorts, but also cover the main train station in Palma, namely Estació Intermodal. There is a metro train line from here that covers Palma and suburbs as well as destinations further away.
Busses and taxis can be boarded just outside the arrivals terminal, opposite the main car park building. Car hire stations are located in the arrivals hall and on the ground floor of the car park.
Car rental at Mallorca Airport is provided by several major car hire companies like Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and National, as well as local companies Auriga Crown, Centauro, Goldcar, Marbesol and Record Rent a Car. During summer months car rental is particularly popular, so to avoid disappointment on the day, it is best to book well in advance of your holiday. Hiring a car is made easy and convenient as all the aforementioned companies have websites, where you can choose a vehicle from their fleets.
You can, of course, also book your car rental upon arrival at Mallorca Airport, but you may not be able to get the particular model or make you wanted, as they are subject to availability.
The official IATA code for Mallorca Airport is PMI. The Aena Group, which runs the airport, is the fourth largest air navigation services company in Europe. A keen believer in investiging back into the community, the Aena Group’s Art Foundation has invested in more than 1,500 works of contemporary art, starting from the second half of the 20th century.
For further information about the airport, please visit the official website at http://www.aena.es