Palma’s airport Son Sant Joan, also known by its airport code as PMI, recorded a total of 21,117,270 air traffic passengers during 2010. That’s 0.4 % less than the year before and, I should think, not bad at all for a period of crisis and economic downturn. Mind you, the number represents only 10,558,635 individual people since each landing and departure is statistically counted separately as, usually, a visitor arrives and then departs at some later stage. But still. It was not a record year, last year, but the total number is somewhere near the top of the all time record.
The outlook for this year seems to be even better. Tour operators are talking about an increase in bookings of between 8 and 15 %, depending on the country of origin. There may even be the added bonus in 2011 of tourists wanting to have gone to Tunisia or Egypt and now changing their holiday plans for a destination without political unrest such as Spain or, indeed, the Balearic Islands.
The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: January 6th, 2011. The time was 08:27:08.