The Son Bonet aerodrome on the outskirts of Palma.

The police were on full alert yesterday in Palma and Son Bonet airfield was completely closed and will remain out of action until Monday morning. All light aircraft at the old airport have been grounded and strict controls on air space around Palma's Son San Joan airport have also been enforced - no authorised air craft or light air craft are allowed near the airport of in airspace over Palma while the EU summit is being held. Throughout the day national Police and Guardia Civil helicopters buzzed the capital and the summit venue while there was a huge police presence on the streets of the capital. The debate about air space restrictions is raging, on Monday the airlines and the Ministry of Defence will hold talks in a bid to reduce problems next Sunday, when the airport will be closed for a military show, to the absolute minimum. The MOD intends to close air space for two hours for an Armed Forces Day air show, but the airlines want the show moved. However the MOD is adamant the show will go ahead, although it is prepared to co-operate in easing problems and delays to commercial aircraft.


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