Staff Reporter
PALMA'S Son Sant Joan airport is set to break its own passenger handling records today with 153'000 people scheduled to pass through the terminal in a single day.

The Spanish Airports Authority (AENA) confirmed that the current highest figures for passenger handling at Palma airport relate to 16th August 2003, when 150'620 people travelled to, or from, Son Sant Juan.

Over the course of the weekend, including yesterday, today and Sunday, the airport forecasts handling a total of 366'200 passengers. This figure highlights an increase of 2.1 percent, 7'820 passengers more than during the same period in 2003.

The day of greatest passenger movement is today, while yesterday witnessed the least number of people using Son Sant Juan over the three-day weekend.
With regard to aircraft operations, a total of 985 planes will take off or land at Palma airport today in contrast to yesterday's schedule of 700, while on Sunday, there will be 810 aircraft operations.

Specifically, yesterday witnessed the arrival of 96'000 passengers on 700 aircraft; today, Palma airport will play host to 153'000 arriving passengers (985 planes); and tomorrow 117'200 people will be on the move through the airport (810 aircraft).

AENA also confirmed that some 669'400 passengers will pass through the airport in Palma next week, 3.77 percent more than at the same time last year.
Between Monday 16th and Sunday 22 August, 4'926 aircraft operations are planned at Son Sant Joan, an increase of 2.8 percent compared to 2003.
The greatest part of the air traffic will be concentrated at the end of the week, as between Friday 20 and Sunday 22 August, 2'481 operations are scheduled, aimed at transporting nearly 348'000 passengers. This figure is about 2 percent higher than the same period last year.

Saturday 21 August will be the day with the greatest number of flights (968), and passengers (143'600); followed by Sunday, with 812 movements and 111'000 passengers; and Friday, with 701 aircraft operations and 92'400 passengers.

A huge increase in the number of Spanish visitors to the Islands is forecast with less Spaniards currently wanting to spend their holidays abroad.
The airport is expected to handle a record-breaking 20 million passengers this year, five percent more than 2003, which has led to calls for the airport to be expanded.

There has been stiff opposition to this move, and the plans which have been drawn up already have been slammed as “unsustainable” by the Council of Majorca, which has asked Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero to halt them.


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