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Less air traffic passengers were accounted for during the month of July in Palma’s PMI airport, with 2,981,881 passengers coming to or leaving from Palma, compared with the same month one year ago.

During the period since 1.1.2009, a total of 101,907 airplanes came to or left from Son Sant Joan airport (8.5 % less than a year ago), transporting a total passenger volume of 12,039,256 people on board (7.2 % less than in 2008).

Industry sources expect a reduction of air traffic passengers for all of 2009 to be in the region of 5 to 6 % per annum, which wouldn’t be all that bad as a total. La crisis will, perhaps, emphasize a natural ceiling to the total number of tourists that Mallorca should realistically be able to welcome here. 11,000,000 to 12,000,000 passengers per annum arriving by plane, plus perhaps 1,000,000 passengers passing through on cruise ships, plus another 1,000,000 passengers arriving by ferry boat, would sound like a satisfying and sustainable volume of tourists to me under any circumstances, let alone under difficult conditions, for an island the size of Mallorca.

Perhaps we should be content with what we have got.

The photo was chosen from my archive. It was taken near Escorca, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: July 5th, 2008. The time was 17:42:55.

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