By Humphrey Carter AFTER a summer of struggling hotels and apartment complexes, Palma's Son San Joan reported yesterday that this year, 19.132.000 passengers have used the airport, 1.300.000 more than last year. Airport bosses were also keen to point out that this year's total figure, which includes today's passenger numbers, is just 280.000 less than the all-time passenger record set back in the year 2000 when the airport handled 19.411.000 travellers. The outlook for the first week of the New Year is also showing a further increase in comparison to the start of this year. The number of Britons flying to Majorca this year was up 7.2 percent on last year with a total 4.974.473 passengers. The domestic Spanish market also posted healthy growth, the number of domestic passengers, 5.303.612, was nearly 13 percent up on 2002. More German passengers than any other nationality however used Palma airport, one main reason being because of the German airline hub in Majorca with many passengers using Palma to catch connecting flights to other destinations. Despite the 6.91 percent increase in German passengers, 5.958.376 in total, at Palma airport, there was only a three percent increase in tourists on last year, so nearly four percent were stopping in Palma en route to their final destination.