The plans for the airport, says Spain's minister for transport, Raquel Sánchez, do not involve an "expansion of Son Sant Joan". This is strategic investment because "air transport is vital".
At present, the main work is to the terminal area of Module A. This involves a spending of 198 million euros and will last until 2024. All the work is mainly confined to the low seasons.
A key aspect is sustainability, with almost 12 million euros to be spent on solar panels as part of a strategy to make airport operations carbon neutral.
One of the parties of the Balearic coalition government, Més, has claimed that plans for the airport involve a 55% increase in passenger numbers up to 2026. But the word from the Spanish government is that the work is not about expansion.
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Jules OI have no doubt that €400m will go a long way towards improving the various terminals. But the vast majority of flights or tourists don't come from Britain. It's a bit of a stretch to suggest either that the investment *should* be about Brits, or that it's a deliberate "undervaluation" of British tourists. It's about improving hospitality for ALL arrivals. Brits aren't any better than anyone else and shouldn't expect better treatment.
Module A is where all UK/Irish flights depart during the April-October summer flight season. It has always annoyed me that British (and Irish) travellers have to suffer using significantly the oldest and worst part of Mallorca airport when catching their flights. The rest of Palma airport (especially Module C) is so much nicer, more modern and generally fit for the 21st century. One hopes that AENA's investment in dated Module A doesn't just address Module A's infrastructure, but constitutes a radical re-build. As a very regular UK-Mallorca traveller, I can't be the only one who feels that British summer passengers are currently rather undervalued by AENA at PMI airport.