My experience here was very good. The security lines were thorough, but there were plenty open - so you got through rather quickly. There were more than a few places to choose from for a drink or snack. Plenty of room in the terminal building for the kids to burn off some of that energy before the flight home. The only complaint would be the arrival. It took quite a while for the luggage to make it to baggage claim. But, hey, I was on vacation. No complaining allowed.
Airport was pretty smooth at arrival, but finding our way out to the car rentals was a bit tricky. Nothing serious, but anytime you need to ask for direction, means, to me, it is not seemless.
(Members to any car rental proceed to the car park, no need to stand in line in the arrival hall).
When we were to depart there were some difficulties:
There is only one way in after check-in, no matter what LETTER (A, B, C or D) your boarding card says follow the signs to Gate A resp VIP.
If you are looking for the business lounges follow VIP. One is located right after security and before module B and is suitable if you are departing from A or B. The other one is located in module D. You have to go up and down to find these lounges.
Oh my god, the tourist spot number one. A LOT of people and just lousy restaurants so wouldn't be here more than necessary...
For an airport on a small island, it was remarkably difficult to navigate. For starters, there are no signs indicating where baggage claim is. I searched and searched, yet could not find a logical place where it might be. Finally, I asked someone at the information desk. Apparently, you have to go down the escalators that only reference Gate B and not baggage claim. OK, so I am on my way. But, once there, I am presented with 16 baggage carousels. Again, this is a small airport on a small island. Naturally, mine was the very last one.
While not a big airport by any stretch, it is an enormously busy one. This is particularly true when I was there in August, as many Europeans are there on holiday.
Hopefully my experience departing from this airport is better than when arriving to it.
Palma Airport isn't enormous as airports go, but it definitely is VERY busy and crowded. Mallorca is a huge destination for pasty Europeans looking for sunshine, so be prepared to half-drown in a sea of mostly British, Irish, and German tourists making a mad dash to get to the beaches.
The airport has a decent number of mediocre restaurants and bars and for being so busy, it really does seem to be a fairly well-run place. Spanish police and airport security are everywhere and can be a bit heavy handed, but in the main, it's all (mostly) friendly.
When you leave the airport, it's a madhouse of tour buses waiting for the package holiday crowds and representatives trying vainly to locate all their wayward flock. A total cluster f*** that's best avoided entirely. If you're an independent traveler that wouldn't be caught dead on a package tour (like I am), just get your rental car and go.
Too crowded and hectic for it's smaller size, Palma Airport does seem to handle it without total gridlock. It's the only airport you can use to get to Mallorca, so grit your teeth and bear it.
Perfectly fine. Not a huge airport. It was busy, but all the lines moved along quickly.
Not much in the away of food that I found, but I had a relatively short time until my flight boarded after going through security, so it was no big concern.
Not the newest airport, but clean and well preserved. I would fly in and out of here again. It's the only airport on Palma, and I absolutely adore this island.
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