The Balearic Ports Authority has announced a 17% increase in cruise ship passenger numbers during the first half of the year. This represents a rise to a total of almost 746,000 passengers, the great majority of them having come into Palma, which received just short of 668,000 passengers. In Palma the percentage increase was 20%, the highest percentage rise among the state ports in the Balearics.

Of other ports, Ibiza registered nearly 58,000, an increase of 6.6%. La Savina in Formentera also received more passengers, but there were only 359 of them. Mahon in Minorca and Alcudia both experienced reduced numbers. In Mahon, the figure was down by almost a quarter to 19,240, and there was a similar percentage decline in Alcudia, where 787 passengers came in.

Ferry passenger volume also rose to slightly under 1,900,000, with all of the ports, except Mahon, increasing their numbers. The greatest increases were for La Savina and Alcudia, both up by around 7%. The most ferry passengers were in Ibiza (800,000) and La Savina (600,000).