Staff reporter

PALMA
PALMA was Spain's third busiest airport last year handling a total of 22.4 million passengers, 5.5 percent more than in 2005.
The number of flight movements, 190'280 in total, was also up by 4.5 percent.
According to AENA (Spanish airport authority) the sharpest rise in passengers through Palma's Son Sant Joan was registered in the domestic market.
Last year 6'388'241 national passengers used Palma airport, nearly seven per cent more than in 2005.
The British market also grew.
The 4'606'063 Britons who used Palma airport represented a 1.2 per cent increase.
What is more, the Manchester to Palma routes is Palma airport's fourth busiest.
A total of 193.2 million passengers travelled through Spanish airports during 2006, an overall increase of 6.6 % from 2005.
The busiest airport was Madrid-Barajas which received 45.5 million passengers, 8 percent more than in 2005. In second place Barcelona-El Prat handled a total of 30 million passengers, a 10.5 percent increase.

In third place was Palma's Son Sant Joan with its increase of 5.5 percent and 22.4 million passengers.
In total, Spanish airports handled 2.3 million flights, representing a 4.5% increase on 2005.
Of those, 1.9 million were commercial flights, a million being domestic and carrying 81.5 million people, a 5.7% increase.
922.939 of the flights were international, carrying 109 million passengers.

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