The decision by Central Government and the Spanish National Airports Authority (AENA) to restrict aircraft activity at non profit-making airports, such as Son Bonet in Palma, has drawn a sharp reaction from the Balearic aeronautical sector and the General Workers Union (UGT).

In fact, UGT has been critical of the decision to limit weekly operation hours at 19 Spanish airports from 23rd August, of which Son Bonet is one.
A UGT representative said yesterday: “It will mean loss of business because the private aircraft which would otherwise choose to land here at this time of year, probably carrying passengers in transit to the main airport of Son Sant Joan, might be discouraged,” he explained. AENA wants to restrict working hours to 4pm in the afternoon and bring in flexibility of working schedules but the spokesman said that the limitations will simply mean congested runways and problems over fuel “because the type used at Son Bonet is quite different from that required by large aircraft at Son Sant Joan.” He also pointed out that fire-fighting aircraft use Son Bonet and that it is “untenable” to put restrictions on working hours of the Emergency services.

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