Guide to Palma de Mallorca Airport

Contributors: Brian, dan330
Updated Sunday 5th June, 2011

ICAO Code: LEPA
IATA Code: PMI

Latitude: N39° 32' 47"
Longitude E2° 44' 8"

Sunrise Today: 07:43
Sunset Today: 17:29

Palma de Mallorca is the busiest of the "tourist airports" which you immediately notice by its size. A huge airport with two main runways that operate on a Heathrow like system of one arriving and one departing, with the odd aircraft ignoring the system. As the airport is so large and there are two runways, the lack of a spectators area around the airport buildings means that there isn't an area where you can view every possible movement, but at the two I describe below you will see the vast majority of them. Due to the wind direction, the runways used the most are 24L / R. 24L cannot be used for departures so all departures operate from 24R with most arrivals on 24L. During my visit only a handful of aircraft ignored the system by landing on 24R mainly domestic turboprops. When 06L / R are in use its mainly a case of 06L arrivals / 06R departures. Aircraft cannot land on 06R, with again only a handful of departures on 06L. With the airport being very busy with holiday flights most of the movements are charters, although heavies can still be seen as a lot of the charters use their wide bodies on certain flights in the summer. Friday, Saturday and Sunday tend to be the busiest days at Palma whereas certain other days in the week can be very quiet. There is also a big difference in flight numbers between seasons, with the summer peak season obviously seeing a lot more flights than the off-peak winter season. The two photo / viewing points I used are overlooking the two different runways and are facing opposite sides so photography will be possible from one area when it becomes impossible at the other. C'an Pastilla is the closest resort to the airport and there are plenty of hotels in the resort. The loud and popular resorts of Palma Nova and Magaluf are about 30 minutes from the airport while the quiet and nicer Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia are the furthest away, a 1 hour drive required. For those who fancy a bit more luxury, the Marriott Son Antem Golf Resort and Spa at Llucmajor is only a 10 minute drive from the airport and offers 5 star comfort. A hire car is very highly recommended if you fancy using the sites mentioned above, theres very few options without a car.

Radio Frequencies Radio Frequencies

Approach: 119.4, 119.15 & 118.95
Ground: 121.7 & 121.9
Tower: 118.3

Few Clouds Palma de Mallorca Airport Weather

All times on the weather descriptions are local

Observed at 02:00 - (16 mins ago)

Few Clouds

16°C

Few Clouds
Clouds: Few Clouds at 6,000ft
Wind: 350° at 01 knots
Visibility: Greater than 10km
QNH: 1017
Dew Point: 15°C
Runway in Use: Likely Runways 06L/R

Movements

A sample of the upcoming movements for Palma de Mallorca.

We do not current have any movements for Palma de Mallorca Airport.

Photo Spot Spot A - Mound on East Side

This area overlooking 24L is best for photography in the morning, but is still possible up to about 1600, but care has to be taken that you don't get heavy reflections. This has quite a good view of the landing runway and shots can be taken as the aircraft are slowing down, some slower than others and so easier to take.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N39° 32' 54" (N39° 32.905')
Longitude: E2° 45' 4" (E2° 45.06')

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Photo Spot Spot B - West Side

Later on in the afternoon and once the sun has moved you will need a spot around the other side of the airport. It does appear to be some sort of official place but you will be absolutely fine here. A number of people have reported it as a good site and it seems to be one of the most popular. This is quite a way down the runway (24R /06L) and overlooks the terminal area where most of the domestic traffic park and a few international as well. This is a better spot for viewing and spotting but not photography is sometimes a problem as the majority of aircraft are up before they reach here (737's and smaller are usually up) although you may be able to get the odd good shot of aircraft on rotation.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N39° 33' 19" (N39° 33.31')
Longitude: E2° 43' 25" (E2° 43.409')

Photo Spot Spot C - Spot C East Side

This spot is in a lay-by on the MA-5030 in the direction from south to north. It is ideal for landing shots when landing on 24L and logging also when taking off but aircraft are a little to high by this point for really good take off shots. Only really usable in the mornings due to sun position and obviously at the side of the road,noisy for video etc. There seems to be no restriction here, no signs of any kind and on the day I was there, Police vehicles drove passed but made not attempt to move me. A word of warning, park the car as near to the barrier as possible and be aware on opening doors that there is a cycle track between your car and the highway!

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N39° 33' 11" (N39° 33.182')
Longitude: E2° 45' 55" (E2° 45.918')

Photos

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Focal Length: 225mm
Photo 22715
Focal Length: 135mm
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Focal Length: 135mm
Photo 22713
Focal Length: 130mm

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Comments Comments About This Airport / Guide

Posted by: fulgencio Italy
Saturday 26th October, 2013 at 19:14 GMT
I saw a Vueling A320 EC-ILQ with it's New Look. I Have to Say that I Like The New EC-ILQ better than thr Iberia Tone
Posted by: George Gallamore Spain
Saturday 13th July, 2013 at 20:23 GMT
I took some VY's and IB's in This Airport and i kind of say that VY's (Vuelings) are much better with it's (WL)'s
Posted by: Ethan L Italy
Sunday 30th June, 2013 at 14:41 GMT
I took a Vueling A320 214(WL) EC-LVX from Barcelona and I think is the Newest A320(WL) in the Vueling fleet
Posted by: fervema Spain
Friday 5th April, 2013 at 18:17 GMT
I went on a Vueling A320 EC-LLM to Palma de Mallorca Airport from Barcelona for 2 Days and i Think it was a Beauty there so as a reminder you should go there for a Holday
Posted by: Lakshmi United Kingdom
Sunday 3rd February, 2013 at 16:38 GMT
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Posted by: Reddy United Kingdom
Wednesday 30th January, 2013 at 20:41 GMT
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Posted by: Cameron United Kingdom
Sunday 16th September, 2012 at 22:03 GMT
Planning on taking a trip to PMI while on holiday next month. I was wondering if the waste ground in C'an Pastilla is still any good for spotting, as I've never been before. Also, does anyone have any first hand advice for hotels to stay in? I might stay overnight but would like to spot from the room if possible. Thanks. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Posted by: wayne taylor United Kingdom
Saturday 25th August, 2012 at 09:21 GMT
could anyone tell me which day is best to spot for german aircraft thanks
Posted by: Barry United Kingdom
Thursday 2nd August, 2012 at 22:26 GMT
I love Palma airport, i visit mallorca every year and stay in palma nova or magalluff and love it, always fly with Thomson Airways who are one of the British Airlines at Palma
Posted by: teto Spain
Monday 23rd July, 2012 at 18:51 GMT
hi!! i would like to see navigation charts for free and download them.can you tell me any website?
thank you
Posted by: Ivan Ropek Czech Republic
Saturday 21st July, 2012 at 09:28 GMT
xxx
Posted by: joe lane Ireland
Saturday 30th April, 2011 at 14:46 GMT
hi you all
i love palma airport both soptting there and flying in and out i normaly stay in palmanova and if i am not in the airport i can see the planes coming and going in and out of the athe nova apartments sea view apartments and i have a clear view of the planes coming in and out of the airport great for night spotting when you just want to put your feet up to relax this is a great site

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