THE airports on Majorca, Ibiza and Minorca will keep the ban on smoking in their buildings from January 1 although the company which grants licences to the bars and restaurants within the airport will allow up to 5 smoking establishments in Son Sant Joan. The company is also studying whether it can create similar places in the airports on Ibiza and Minorca.

Since July 10, when the Balearic Drug Dependency Law came into force, passengers have not been allowed to smoke in any of the buildings at Son Sant Joan airport except in the solarium which is in the open air.

These restrictions will continue with the application of the state law from tomorrow according to sources at AENA, the Spanish airline and air traffic control authority.

A spokesman for the airport authority also confirmed that the licensing company is looking at granting smoking areas to those establishments which have sufficient space.

The company will grant these to 5 establishments, these being: the bar situated on Floor 4; the bar near the airport's meeting point; and the restaurants in terminals A and C.

On the other hand, they are studying the placing of smoking areas in the airports of Ibiza and Minorca, in the bars and restaurants within the airports which have sufficient space.

For the moment, most people have been forced to smoke outside the terminal building until they have checked in.

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