PALMA airport handled 21'242'295 passengers in 2005 which represents a four percent rise in volume compared with 2004, and a new record as it is the first time passenger figures have topped the 21 million mark. During 2005 Son Sant Joan airport handled 182'009 departures and arrivals, and loaded and unloaded 21'022 tonnes of freight. This represents a rise of 2.3 percent in aircraft movements and of 3 percent in freight traffic. Passengers on flights either originating from or destined for Germany (7.4 million) make up 34.8 percent of the total and were up 7.6 percent on the 2004 figures. Those who travelled to Majorca from the Peninsula or from the island to the rest of the country (6 million) made up 28.2 percent of the total which was an increase of 4.8 percent. On the other hand, the number of passengers from the United Kingdom fell by 6.2 percent (4.5 million) which was 21.4 percent of the total.
The greatest number of passengers passing through Palma in 2005 came from (or went to) Barcelona (1.69 million passengers), Madrid (1.65 million), Dusseldorf (981'122), Frankfurt (786'189) and Manchester (743'514). Of the 179'903 commercial flights last year, 58.3 percent were international and the rest to other Spanish airports.
AENA also published yesterday the figures for December, when 818'558 passengers passed through Son Sant Juan airport, 0.8 percent less than in December 2004. However, flights were up to 9'739 which was 2.6 percent more than in December 2004.

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