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Palma Airport, also known as the Son Sant Joan International Airport or PMI (IATA airport code), is the main point of entry for visitors arriving to Mallorca. It is located 8Km from Palma de Mallorca, the capital of Mallorca and the Balearics. In addition, the airport is strategically placed between the Palma Bay tourist areas (S’Arenal) and the city. The airport was built on a still active military base. It was opened in the 1960s, a period of great tourism growth in the Balearics, to replace the old airport of Son Bonet, which is still functioning nowadays.
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Palma Airport is the third busiest airport in Spain, only surpassed by Madrid-Barajas and El Prat-Barcelona. Summer is the busiest period and it is operational throughout the year. Son Sant Joan handles 23 million passengers annually. It also receives a large number of charter flights from Europe.
Over 20 airlines operate in the airport and provide flights connecting to the mainland and the main European capital cities. Furthermore, several airlines have made Palma their hub, since the main company operating in the airport is German. On the other hand, there is a daily connection to and from several Spanish cities, like Madrid and Barcelona, among many others. Flights to and from Germany and the UK also operate on a daily basis.
The latest remodelling of Son Sant Joan took place in 1997. The former airport was replaced by a single terminal divided into four boarding areas (A, B, C and D). It has two floors. Arrivals is located in the lower floor.
The 7-storey car park near the terminal has 5,700 spaces for short and long term parking. The ground floor accommodates 700 cars. Rental cars are parked on this floor. There is parking and toilets for disabled people on all floors. Conveyor belts connect the fourth floor with the terminal main building. In addition, the airport provides an assistance service for people with reduced mobility, both in Departures and Arrivals. You can request the service on the internet so that it is ready for you on arrival.
There is a snack bar and a self-service restaurant in the arrival hall, a snack bar on the second floor and a restaurant, two cafés, a bar, a pizzeria and two self-service restaurants in the departure hall on the fourth floor. In the Departure floor, there is a café and a fast-food stall in Area A; a snack bar in Area B; three snack bars in Area C and two in Area D. You can do your last-minute shopping in the duty-free shops. There are also shops selling leather goods, papers and magazines, sweets, gifts and accessories.
In addition, the Tourist Information Centre located in the Arrivals terminal offers visitors all the services guaranteeing a comfortable, enjoyable and safe stay. Also in Arrivals you will find a large number of car rental companies. The taxi rank and the main tourist pick-up point for tour operators are located outside the terminal.
The airport is excellently connected with Palma via the Ma-19 road and the Levante motorway, which in turn connects with Exit 3 of the ring road or Ma-20. The ring road has a dozen exits to Palma and the main roads on the island. The Number 1 bus leaves the airport every 15-30 minutes. The first and last buses to and from Palma leave at 6:10am and 2:10am and at 5:40am and 1:30am, respectively. There are plans to link Palma’s underground with S’Arenal and the airport.
El aeropuerto se encuentra bien comunicado con Palma a través de la carretera Ma-19, o la autopista de Levante, que a su vez conecta en la salida 3 con la Vía de Cintura o Ma-20 , que consta de una docena de salidas hacia distintos puntos de la capital y vías más importantes de la isla. Cada 15 - 30 minutos sale un autobús de la línea 1 de la EMT. La salida de Palma hacia el aeropuerto la hace del Paseo de Mallorca. El horario del aeropuerto a Palma es de 06:10 AM a 02:10 AM mientras que de Palma de Mallorca al aeropuerto es de 5:40 AM a 1:30 AM. Recientemente, se está estudiando enlazar el Metro de Palma entre El Arenal y el aeropuerto.
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