Passenger numbers plummet at Palma airport

NUMBERS GAME: Palma airport has fewer passengers.

PASSENGER numbers at Palma’s Son Sant Joan airport have plunged 8.8 per cent in the first two months of the year.

Figures released by airport operators AENA (Aeropuertos Espanoles Navigacion Aerea) have shown that passenger figures fell compared to the same period in 2012.

This is partly due to the reduction flights at the airport as they were down to 11,644 representing a fall of 12.7 per cent compared to 2012.

Freight operations also fell by 12 per cent. The airport is still the fifth busiest airport in the AENA controlled network. Fourth is Tenerife (south), third Gran Canaria, second Barcelona (El Prat) and first Madrid ( Barajas).

Regarding the other Balearic Islands, Menorca airport operations fell by 9 per cent but in February passenger numbers rose 0.2 per cent. Ibiza airport saw 10 per cent fewer passengers but an increase of 4.5 per cent in freight.

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