Palma Airport or Palma de Mallorca Airport is located 8km east of Palma Majorca. Also known as Son Sant Joan Airport, it is the third largest airport in Spain after the Madrid and Barcelona Airports. It is a busy airport having handled over 21 million passengers in 2009. The Spanish carrier Air Europa and German carrier Air Berlin use Palma Airport as their main base.
Palma Airport currently has four terminals and covers an area of 6.3km2. Terminal A serves domestic flights while terminals B, C and D cater for international flights. Currently Palma Airport has the capacity of handling 25 million passengers per year but there are future plans for expansion to allow it to handle up to 32 million passengers annually.
The history of Palma Airport goes back to the 1920s where it was used by seaplanes. Since this time the airport has undergone gradual facelifts with major improvements coming in 1965 when a new terminal was built. This was as a result of the ever increasing number of passengers passing through Palma Airport. In 1974 a second runway was completed to handle more of the traffic in the airport. A power plant was also built here to cater for the rising energy needs.
Palma Airport’s communications centre was upgraded and fire-fighting facilities included. In 1980, 7 million passengers used Palma Airport. This steadily increased to 10 million in 1986 necessitating the installation of another terminal. The construction of this terminal begun in 1993 and ended in 1997.
Being just 8km from the city, Palma Airport is quite accessible, reducing your hustle of getting from the airport to the hotel room. There is public transport in the form of buses and taxis from the airport to the city. Several car hire companies such as Hertz and Avis offer rent-a-car services from Palma Airport for those who opt for the luxury of a hired vehicle.