THE Balearic Islands recorded record numbers of passengers arriving through the airports of Mallorca, Menorca, and Ibiza over the weekend with 4,503 flights scheduled.
According to Aena, 724,105 seats have been sold to the islands with Palma Airport receiving the highest traffic. Some 2,855 flights arrived in Palma carrying 480,000 people to and from the island through Son Sant Joan.
Ibiza had 1,095 flights scheduled with 159,682 passengers and Menorca made up the rest with 553 scheduled flights and 83,764 passengers. The majority of this traffic came on Saturday to all three airports with 1,674 scheduled flights.
The increase in passengers is due mainly to the school holidays starting in other countries in Europe with families arriving to start their summer holidays on the islands. Many local residents also choose August to escape the island during the busiest period and head to cooler places in Europe which adds to the departure numbers.