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Palma International Airport 07611 Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Tel :  + 34 902 404 704 

Airlines AT Palma Airport 

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Tel: + 34 971 262 600    
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Palma de Mallorca Airport, located 8 km from the city, is the gateway for the millions of tourists who visit the island.

Airport traffic is primarily international and reaches its greatest levels during the summer season. There are also numerous connections to the mainland.

The most important connections are to Barcelona and Madrid-Barajas, with over one million passengers, and Dusseldorf and Manchester, each of which handles over 700,000 passengers per year. By nationality, Germany accounts for the largest number of passengers, followed by Spain and the United Kingdom.

In 2009, Son Sant Joan closed the year with a total of 21,203,041 passengers, 177,502 operations and 17,086 tonnes of cargo.

Mallorca Airport History

The Government’s interest in developing airmail led it, towards the end of the first decade of the 20th century, to study the possibility of establishing a postal airline in the Balearic Islands. Finally, in 1921, the Aeromaritima Mallorquina company was awarded the Barcelona-Palma postal line, using seaplanes for the service which landed in the port of Palma. Before the line was opened, test flights had been carried out in the fields of Son Sant Joan and Son Bonet, where a private aerodrome was finally set up.

In 1934, the company Aero-Taxi de Mallorca was created to organise tourist flights to Mallorca. The company opened a flight school, using the existing aerodrome in Son Sant Joan for its flights. A year later, it opened a flight school at the Son Bonet aerodrome.

In May 1935, the LAPE (Lineas Aereas Postales Espanolas) company, the predecessor of Iberia, was established. Some months later, in August, the first scheduled service began between Palma and Madrid, with a stopover in Valencia, using Son Sant Joan airport. A year later, this route was replaced by Palma-Barcelona route. Three years later, Lufthansa and Iberia established new routes based at the Son Bonet aerodrome, as Son Sant Joan was being used for military aviation.

In 1954, while Son Sant Joan was still a military air station (and Son Bonet was the airport used for commercial traffic), its runway was extended and asphalted to allow the operations of the Sabre F-86 jets, which required first diverting the Palma - Llucmajor motorway. The aircraft parking apron and the parallel taxiway were built at that time. The work was carried out at the same time as the arrival of the first large groups of European tourists to Son Bonet, on BEA, Air France and Aviaco airlines.
Son Sant Joan, Palma’s commercial airport

The increase in traffic and the impossibility of enlarging the airport at San Bonet led the drafters of the 1958 National Airport Plan to propose the construction of a large commercial airport at the Son Sant Joan air station. The National Airport Board approved this work as part of the national investment programme and, by ministerial order of 29 July 1959, authorised transfer of commercial traffic from Son Bonet to Son Sant Joan. In 1958, a VOR was set up on the island as well as a VHF communications centre at Son Sant Joan itself, coinciding with the publication of the Son Bonet aeronautical limitations.

A provisional passenger terminal was built for commercial traffic at Son Sant Joan, as well as an aircraft parking apron, separate from the military apron. An order dated 7 July 1960 opened the Son Sant Joan airport to domestic and international traffic, classifying the airport as an administrative category one.

Just two weeks after opening to traffic, on 21 July, expansion of the aerodrome was declared to be of public interest and a matter of urgency. Work on the runway extension began in the summer of 1961, together with a parallel taxiway. At the end of that year and the beginning of the next, work on the power plant, the communications centre and the fire and rescue facilities began.
Airport consolidation

The 1964-1967 Airport Plan focused especially on the airport in Palma, which in 1962 was serving over a million passengers each year. The project, with a budget of close to five hundred million pesetas, included a runway extension, an apron enlargement to make it possible to service 28 medium size aircraft, a terminal for over five million passengers as well as all the complementary works and runway lighting, communications, and navigational aid facilities.

In the summer of 1965, work began on the new passenger terminal (Terminal A) and, at the end of the following year, the air navigation services were improved with the installation of surveillance radar.

The exceptional growth in traffic, which had already exceeded two million passengers a year by 1965, made it necessary to build a new terminal to accommodate non-regular flights, and studies began on the construction of a second runway, parallel to the existing one. Work began on this second runway in late 1970, and, at the beginning of the following year, on the modular station for non-scheduled traffic, as well as a new aircraft parking area opposite the terminal. The work was completed in 1972, when Terminal B went into service. Work on the second runway continued over the next two years, as it was extended and the tarmac strengthened to support aircraft of up to 450 tons.
Continuing growth

Throughout the 1980s, the increase in passenger traffic in Palma was constant. The number of passengers increased from slightly more than seven million in 1980 to nearly 10 million in 1986, exceeding 15 million in 1995. This permanent growth again posed the need for a profound restructuring of the airport’s terminal area. The required work on the new Son Sant Joan airport complex began in mid-1993, with a planned investment of over 40 billion pesetas in the following three years. Works included the extension of the aircraft apron, the sanitation and drinking water network and, especially, the new terminal.

The new terminal, opened in 1997, was designed by the Majorcan architect Pere Nicolau Bonet. Departures, on the upper floor where the pre-boarding lounges are located, is accessed from the check-in lobby. The airline companies have their offices on the upper floor, whilst the arrivals area is on the ground floor of the building. In front of the passenger terminal there is a large building for car parks.
Inter-island module

In April 2003, the building for boarding inter-island flights was opened, specially designed for passengers on regional or short-distance flights.

The building comprises two roofed sections joined by a section of skylights located over a huge lobby.

The ground floor is dedicated to the passenger boarding area. The upper floor, a balcony-observation deck that overlooks the lobby, is accessed from the main terminal check-in area through the airbridge that joins both buildings.

The top floor has a large cafe in the pre-boarding waiting area, and the shopping area and airline offices are located on the ground floor.

A General Aviation building has also been built. The new construction has all of the necessary services for airlines and passengers of private flights, freight planes and air-taxis.

These latest airport infrastructure activities in Palma have permitted Son Sant Joan to enter the 21st century as one of the world's most modern airports with a proven capacity to serve over 20 million passengers.

Culture

The Palma de Mallorca Airport is conscious of the importance of promoting growth and revealing the aeronautical world to the public. With this objective in mind, the airport has prepared various cultural activities over the years.

In addition, for the past twenty years the airport has been offering guided tours of its facilities as well as various educational projects for school children, university students and adults to come into closer contact with the world of aviation.

Since 2000, the airport also includes an "interactive air room" for these activities, located in Can Reviu. Here we can learn from a practical point of view, not only about the aeronautical world, but also about how we can easily cope in any airport in the world.

Environment

The Palma de Mallorca Airport has implemented an environmental management system which permits the stringent, documented and co-ordinated study of each of the environmental aspects which arise from the activities carried out, identifying those which have or may have a significant impact on the environment.

On 12 July 2002, the Palma de Mallorca Airport obtained the ISO 14001 environmental management certificate, issued by AENOR (Spanish Standards and Certification Association).

This certification internationally recognises and validates the work and actions carried out by Palma de Mallorca concerning the environment.

Although the scope of this environmental management system is restricted to airport activities, the contribution of other companies that work in the airport installations is essential. As such, a series of environmental clauses are now attached to all contracts and environmental monitoring of their facilities is conducted to ensure common goals for all concerned.
Environmental Policy. by aena.es
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