On the up!

MALLORCA  welcomed more than 3.7 million passengers through Palma de Mallorca airport last month.

The record number of passengers is a 5.5 per cent increase compared to August 2013, with 5.6 per cent more operations carried out; a total of 25,592 flights.

The domestic market continued  its recovery with a growth of 11.1 per cent over the past month, adding more than half a million passengers, whilst the international market also grew by 4.5 per cent, with over 3.2 million passengers using the airport in August.

With the increase in the number of passengers, it is no surprise that hotel capacity has also experienced a rise.

In the last five years, Palma hotels have seen occupation levels increase by 42 per cent. 

“Since 2009, there has been a drastic change in this area,” said President of the Hotel Association of Palma and Cala Mayor, Javier Vich. He pointed out the proliferation of small luxury establishments, and said improvements and investments in trade and supply had brought more visitors. 

Vich added: “If the average occupancy in summer was 60 per cent in 2009, this year we have reached 85 per cent on average, although some hotels are registering full from Thursday to Sunday. Palma is improving its position nicely and the markets are responding.”

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