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The Useless Airport Terraces


The new airport in Palma de Mallorca was designed by local architect, Pere Nicolau Bonet, and inaugurated just over ten years ago. Right from the start, passengers complained about the long distances they had to walk from the check-in facilities to the departure gates. At the same time everybody was delighted about the generous open air terraces that were provided for passengers to rest and relax, even sleep, in case of any flight delays.

I don’t know what has happened. The terraces are still there, but one can virtually not use them any longer, unless one brings one’s own deckchairs.

In 2008, a total of 22,832,857 passengers passed through PMI airport, as the airport is known in air traffic speak. One has to bear in mind that each passenger is counted twice, once when arriving and once on departure. A sizeable number of these 11 million passengers would undoubtedly have suffered flight delays I would have thought. What on earth possessed the Palma airport authorities to render these rest and recreation areas obsolete I cannot imagine at all. Even though the terraces are still there with space in abundance, that space is useless in its present bare state.

I imagine that the terraces could be used for rock concerts with standing room only. Anybody interested?

The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: June 25th, 2009. The time was 14:11:58.

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