The Palma de Mallorca airport, with more than 26 million passengers in 2016, ranks third in passenger volume within the Aena network, behind Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez and Barcelona-El Prat car hire . Four other Spanish airports had a traffic of more than 10 million passengers: Málaga-Costa del Sol , Alicante-Elche , Gran Canaria and Tenerife Sur .
Palma de Mallorca Airport
The Airport of Palma de Mallorca , also known as Son San Juan International Airport ( IATA : PMI , ICAO : LEPA ) is a Spanish airport of Aena that is located 8 km from the city center of Palma de Mallorca . It is strategically located between the summer areas of the bay of Palma (S’Arenal) and the city, on the site of a former military base still existing. It was inaugurated in the 1960s , time of the great tourist boom in the Balearic Islands , to replace the oldSon Bonet airport (which is still operational). Nearby is also the Son San Juan Air Base , operated by the Air Force and with which it shares tracks.
It has had successive extensions, the last of them in 1997 by the Mallorcan architect Pere Nicolau Bover. It has a single passenger terminal divided into four blocks that can be used independently (A, B, C, D), as well as two parallel tracks (06L-24R and 06R-24L) of 3270 and 3000 meters in length respectively with ILS in their headers, usable in conditions of low visibility, allowing to maintain a high number of operations at the time.
The construction of the third runway, paralyzed due to the Territorial Plan of Mallorca, is pending .It is well connected to Palma de Mallorca via the Levante motorway and two urban bus lines. Recently it has been proposed to create a tram line between the center of Palma and the airport car hire.
It is the third largest airport in Spain by passenger volume and the most profitable in the country, being only exceeded in traffic by the Madrid-Barajas Airport in Madrid and the Barcelona International Airport in Barcelona . Receive a large number of charter flights from Europe (especially from Germany and the United Kingdom ).
Air Berlin , the main airline operating at the airport, the airport used as a hub or hub to link flights from Germany and Spain . During 2016 , for economic reasons of the company and the strong competition, it stopped using the Mallorcan airport as a hub of operations between both countries by eliminating flights between Son Sant Joan and the Iberian Peninsula , although maintaining flights from Germany.
The Palma de Mallorca Airport occupies an area of 6.3 sqr km (2.4 square miles). Due to the rapid growth in the number of passengers, additional infrastructure was added to the two terminals A (1965) and B (1972). The main terminal was designed by the local architect Pere Nicolau Bonet and was officially inaugurated on April 12, 1997. The airport now consists of four modules: Module A (the old Terminal A), Module B (the old Terminal B), Module C and Module D (the last two were completely new sets of buildings and doors that were opened, along with the new central terminal and registration area in 1997). The airport can handle 25 million passengers a year, with a capacity to dispatch 12,000 passengers per hour.