PALMA'S Son Sant Joan airport was used by more than 4.6 million passengers in the first four months of the year, 1.9 per cent more than the same period last year, according to figures released yesterday by AENA, the Spanish Airport Authority. The number of flights rose by 4.2 per cent to 46'655, while the amount of cargo handled rose by 13.4 per cent to 6'808 tons.
More than two million passengers were from other parts of Spain, up by 1.7 per cent compared to the same period last year.
The second largest group of travellers was the Germans, with more than 1.4 million, (up by 1.5 per cent), followed by the British (520'229 travellers, a 1.4 per cent increase), according to the report from AENA. The airlines which transported most passengers during the first four months were Air Berlin (1'481'151), Air Europa (668'937), Iberia (332'070), Spainair (305'324), easyJet (240'955), Condor (224'019) and Air Nostrum (202'532). The airports with most links with Palma were Barcelona, Madrid and Dusseldorf, followed by Frankfurt and Valencia.
In Ibiza, the number of passengers rose by nine per cent to 528'671, with a ten per cent increase in flights (9'519) and a slight drop of less than one per cent in cargo. By nationalities, the biggest groups of passengers were Spanish (486.701) and German (27.722).
Figures for Minorca show a 17 per cent increase of passengers to a total of 348'753, with 6'648 flights and a five per cent increase in cargo.