The official name may currently be Son Sant Joan, but who, outside Majorca, ever refers to that name?

13-06-2011R.L.

According to the national ministry for development, changing the name of Palma airport from Son Sant Joan to Ramon Llull Palma-Mallorca International Airport would cost up to half a million euros.

The Council of Majorca is the prime mover in seeking the name change and it has encouraged the regional government and Palma town hall (plus other town halls) to back the change. The cost of doing so will, if such a change follows the precedents with others, mean that local authorities (possibly with private sector support) have to pay.

The ministry explains that signage and different types of documentation would have to be altered, with the heaviest cost being for substituting the name on the outside of the terminal. There wouldn't be any change to airport operations as such. Aena has experience with previous name changes, which for the most part have an aesthetic impact rather than an administrative one. For the airports authority it wouldn't mean, for instance, changing the code from PMI.

The Council says that it doesn't know how much it would cost to change the name, adding that as the airport is a significant contributor to Aena's financial situation, it should be Aena which pays. In five out of six cases of airport name change, Aena has not contributed, but the case of Adolfo Suárez-Madrid-Barajas was different. The name change was promoted by the Spanish government and not by the local authorities. Although it has been said that the cost of this change amounted to some one million euros and was shared between the Madrid regional government and the city, the cost was more like half this, and it was Aena which paid. The situation was, though, quite different to that of Palma.

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Andy Rawson / Hace over 4 years

A sensible name, if it had to be changed, would be Mallorca airport. But we don't do sensible on this island do we?

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Frank / Hace over 4 years

Ha-ha-ha, hilarious this. The airport is in Palma EOS. Too much money gained by robbers that don't know what else to do with it to line their families pockets.

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Holidaymaker / Hace over 4 years

On all the notice boards in all the airports when looking for your flight to Mallorca the notice board says Palma plain and simple . If they put up the real name everyone would miss their flight lol

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Rob / Hace over 4 years

I am Confused, why would you pay that kind of money when we call it PMI or Palma airport anyway!!!!

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Andy Rawson / Hace over 4 years

So that is where some of the tourist tax is going (or at least it could be) - talk about taking the pee pee

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Mike(Belgium ) / Hace over 4 years

We will surely indirectly sponsor this with the tourist tax we pay and will pay Nothing better to do ? Preserve nature for instance

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John Taylor / Hace over 4 years

Who books a flight to Son Sant Joan Airport? A flight is booked to PML, Palma Airport. What a total, complete, pointless waste of time, hours and hours of meetings by people in suits, and mountains of paper. Not to mention a waste of 500,000 euros! The sign we see is Aeroperto de Palma De Mallorca. It matters not what else it's called. Why not call the car park or the road in Ramon Llull and save a loaf of money?

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Dave / Hace over 4 years

What a bunch of moaners. Ramon Llul was a Majorcan writing legend. I applaud the name change and €500k is a bargain. I suggest the ex-pat moaners below bugger off back to their Liverpool John Lennon or George Best Belfast airports!!

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Patricia / Hace over 4 years

What a terrible waste of money!!!! They should take that amount and restore the beautiful windmills around the island, for example......Changing the name of the airport will not bring more visitors to MALLORCA.

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anthony hartnell / Hace over 4 years

No point, especially if you consider how much trouble people will have pronouncing the new name. Tourist can't even pronounce, Soller or Pollenca, good luck with Ramon LLull. Just another stupid idea by the Socialists to waste tax payers money!

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