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Language: Spanish | Currency: Euros (€) | Local time: UTC+01:00 | Avg. Flight time: 2.5 hrs
Outside London, airports across the UK offer cheap Palma flights too. Jet2 has routes from Belfast (BFS), Leeds (LBA), Edinburgh and Newcastle (NCL); Ryanair flies from numerous sites around the UK; and easyJet operates flights to Palma from at least a dozen airports. Flight times vary slightly, but it’s not a long journey from anywhere in the UK – it’s a breezy two hours from London and just two hours 45 minutes from Manchester.
Wherever you fly from, you’ll bag the cheapest flights to Palma by booking early and choosing off-peak flights, either during the low season from November to Easter, early in the morning, late at night or midweek – all you need is your passport.
UK flights to Palma go direct to Palma de Mallorca Airport, which is only 8 kilometres (5 miles) east of the city centre. Also known as Son Sant Joan Airport, the international airport sprawls over four terminals and averages a whopping 23 million passengers every year, making it the third largest airport in Spain and one of the busiest in Europe.
The airport started life as a base for seaplanes in the 1920s but, as Palma’s charms became better known throughout the world, it swelled in size to accommodate tourism, undergoing major expansion projects in both the 1960s and the 1970s, with further development planned for the near future.
Today, you’ll find car hire desks right next to the baggage carousels. Near the exit, there is also a clutch of 24-hour ATMs, foreign exchange desks and a handy tourist office where you can stock up on maps of Palma and Majorca, the latest price lists for local taxis, and timetables for all of the island’s public transport options.