STAFF REPORTER

PALMA
PALMA'S Son San Joan airport was the busiest low cost airport during the first half of this year.
According to the latest data released by Spanish airport authority AENA, Palma airport handled a total of 2.3 million low cost passengers during the first six months of this year, 77 percent of the total number of passengers flying into Spain with low cost airlines.

Nationwide, the growth in low cost passengers is continuing this year and now, the no frills carriers are carrying more passengers than regular scheduled airlines.

According to AENA, nearly 55 percent of all air passengers travelled with a low cost carrier to Spain.
During the first half of the year, Spanish airports handled a total of 25.5 million passengers, nearly one percent more than during the same period last year, and just under 14 million of them flew with a low cost carrier, nearly three percent more than during the first six months of 2009.

The regular scheduled airlines have seen their passengers figures fall by 1.3 percent on the year.
The three main low cost carriers operating into Spain are Ryanair, easyJet and Air Berlin with the UK being the largest market accounting for 1.3 million passengers a 40 percent share of the market.

The UK market has however declined by 1.2 percent and the German, which accounts for a 22 percent share of the low cost market, has witnessed a 1.5 percent fall in low cost passengers coming to Spain.

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