Mallorca (Majorca) Airport Mini Guide
Welcome to Palma de Mallorca Airport
Also known as Son Saint Joan Airport and located just a few kilometres east of capital city Palma. Providing an easy gateway to Mallorca's (Majorca's) fabulous tourist resorts, it’s no surprise that in peak season the airport becomes one of Europe's busiest destinations. Since 2004 passenger numbers have easily exceeded 20 million, all arriving on one of more than 60 airlines from a variety of European cities. The schedule is dominated by flights to and from the UK
and Germany, as well as the airport being a significant stopping point in Spain's domestic flight network.
Making Your Onward Journey
Onward routes are plentiful by bus, taxi or an organised transfer. Whether you need a short ride into the capital or are going onto a resort such as Magaluf (only 25 minutes away), take bus line 1 or Route 21 which offer regular services to and from numerous Mallorcan towns. When the fair is visiting, bus line 1 will drop you at the fairground for some fun and frivolity. Hiring a car is a great way to reach your holiday destination quickly and also offers the freedom to tour around, to truly make the most of your visit and if you are all partied out, escape to the beautiful Mallorcan countryside. If you have hired a car through Rhino, collect it at the desks in airport arrivals and the island is yours to enjoy!
Small and yet Caters for so Many
Since humble beginnings as a postal seaplane base in the 1920s, the airport has come a long way. To cope with a rapid increase in visitor numbers, it has been developed to offer a modern terminal with 4 main modules. Despite being quite small the excellent facilities cope very well with the influx. Those in need of reduced mobility assistance can make an advance request to take advantage of a free support service.
With so Many Passengers, Will I Waste all my Time in Queues?
Absolutely not, the set-up is efficient and facilities are convenient. In addition to the banks, internet access and other typical passenger services, there is a children's play room, VIP lounges and conferencing/events facilities. Those in need of a final shopping fix, a travel essential, or a last-minute gift or souvenir to take home will not be disappointed. There is a good mix of high street shops, convenient multi-shops and quaint one-off outlets, such as Delicias de Mallorca where you can treat yourself to a variety of Mallorcan gastronomic indulgences. If you need sustenance, several restaurants and cafes serve drinks and snacks, local specialities, tapas and so much more. Put simply, it offers all the essentials to nicely top and tail your holiday adventures.
- With passenger numbers approaching the current maximum capacity at the airport, plans are well underway to enlarge the facilities. A bigger terminal and improved passenger handling facilities are expected to be in place by the end of 2015.
- Passenger numbers dropped slightly in 2012 but with new routes with Aer Lingus from Belfast, Vueling from Heathrow and BA from Gatwick starting this spring, numbers are sure to pick up.