THE SPANIS airport authority (AENA) has started remodelling the whole of the commercial area on the fourth floor of Palma airport's terminal building.
The contract for the work has been awarded to the construction company Melchor Mascaro.
This Majorcan company has four months to remodel the whole area, and the most drastic action is to resite the Aldeasa duty free shop, which will be moved from the central area of the fourth floor to the side to make it more accessible to passengers.
AENA's decision was brought about as a result of increased security at the airport and the introduction of new security points.
The total cost of the project is 1'069'500 euros.
The airport's shopkeepers see these changes which AENA are carrying out as positive, given that it will improve passenger access to the shops which could lead to higher sales.
AENA is continuing remodelling all the services in the terminal building little by little, mainly in the commercial area.
Shops at the airport have enjoyed record sales over the last few years because of the increase in passenger numbers.
Last year AENA granted licences to new shops and restaurants, these changes will produce an immediate increase in income in the commercial area of Palma airport. Palma airport is, in this respect, one of the four most profitable airports for AENA out of all of the 46 airports it controls.
Another of the retailers' complaints was the high rent they had to pay to AENA for their sites, so they will be very pleased with these changes.