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Your Complete Guide to Menorca Airport

Menorca Airport is found on one of Spain’s Balearic Islands, known as Menorca, or Minorca. The island is found to the east of the Spanish mainland, and Menorca is the island furthest in this direction, approximately 34 km, or 21 miles from Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands. Menorca is the second largest of the islands, and is more popular for quieter seaside holidays than Mallorca and Ibiza, which are quite well known for their party atmospheres. The airport serves over two million passengers per annum, and is primarily a tourist destination.

The capital city of Menorca is located in the southern region of the island, and is Mahón, or the city of Maó. The airport lies just 4.5 km, or 2.8 miles to the southwest of this city, and in the municipality of Sant Lluis. Surrounding the airport there is a cluster of small hamlets to the north, Llucmassanes to the west and Cap d’en Font to the south, which is a coastal village. To the south are also the most popular areas of the island, Punta Prima and Las Lomas, and west of the site is Es Castell. The city of Mahón has a very busy and large natural harbour, from where many boat cruises are available. Access to terminals is directly provided by the ME-14 motorway, which links to the ME-12 coming from Mahón, and to the ME-1 which leads to Ciutadella, found towards the north of Menorca. Passengers can use the following coordinates on a satellite navigation system for further directions: 39°51′45″N 004°13′07″E.

The airport handles many domestic flights, as well as international routes. Overall, approximately 35 cities in four countries receive flights from Menorca. There are around 48 airline companies that serve the airport and these destinations, of which 20 operate scheduled flights. Charter flights are common during the summer months of Menorca, by airline carriers such as Monarch. Air Europa, Spanair, Iberia and Vueling are the airline companies that offer the majority of flights to other Spanish destinations, for example, Barcelona, Bilbao and Madrid, while Air One, AlbaStar and Neos serve the Italian destinations of Milan-Malpensa, Pisa, Rome-Fiumicino, Bologna and Verona. Many of international passengers come from Germany and the United Kingdom, and Easyjet offers seasonal flights from London-Gatwick, Manchester and Liverpool, while Air Berlin flies from Munich, Berlin-Tegel and Cologne/Bonn. Other popular airline carriers at Menorca include Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, TUIfly, Jetairfly, Travel Service and Flybe.

The history of Menorca Airport dates back to 1936, when the island was in need of a military airfield. It was then known as the San Luis Airport due to its location, and served only a few flights after the war from the Son San Juan airfield on Mallorca Island. The official domestic and international civil air traffic began in 1949, and the first flight landed in August of the same year, from Barcelona. As passenger traffic grew, and the airplanes became larger, even though the runway at San Luis was extended twice, there was a need for larger terminal with better facilities. By 1969, the new Mahón Airport was built with one runway and a passenger terminal, and the old San Luis was assigned to the Royal Mahón Flying Club.

The new airport was now in its current location, just west of the San Luis, and its first year of service saw almost 240,000 passengers. The passengers figures increased dramatically over the next few years, as tourism, partly because of the new airport, was becoming increasingly popular for Menorca Island, and the international part of the terminal was expanded. Towards the mid-eighties, authorities realized that the current terminal would soon no longer cope with the traffic, which had grown to over a million per annum. The new terminal was completed in just fourteen months, and was operational by May 1988. In 1994, the international departure area of the terminal was enlarged, and more check-in desks were added.

Traffic at Menorca peaked in 2001, with just over 2.8 million passengers, but has since then handled between 2.5 and 2,7 million passengers each year. Only 2.4 million passengers passed through the facilities in 2009, but in 2010, traffic once again increased, and ended the latest year with a total of 2.511.629 passengers.

Today, Menorca Airport is a very well organised facility, consisting of a two-levelled terminal building from where all domestic and international flights are handled. The arrival and departure areas are differentiated, and each has separate access from the outside, due to a 277-metre bridge that passes over the top floor level. 42 check-in desks are found on the first floor, one of which handles special baggage, and other facilities, including ticket sales offices and a number of restaurants and shopping outlets. Passengers will arrive on the ground floor of the terminal building, and collect their baggage from one of six baggage reclaim carousels. There is also a main arrivals lobby, whereby car hire companies, travel agencies and information services can be found. Further facilities include cash points, a pharmacy and an Internet point, but there are no VIP lounges or conference services available.

Aena, the official Spanish Airport Authorities, manages Menorca Airport and also operates and additional forty-seven airports. Aena also manages two heliports in Spain, and participates, either directly or indirectly, in the management of a further 28 airports in other regions of the world. They are considered to be the world’s leading airport operators, and all their airports are well designed, fully equipped for disabled passengers and with all the facilities required by their passengers. Information details are provided at the Aena service desks within the terminal, or by contacting the airport at (+34) 91 321 10 00, or 902 404 704.

The official code of MAH is assigned to Menorca Airport. Its is officially known as Mahon Please find below GPS coordinates which may help you in your arrival or departure. The Coordinates are 39.86250, 4.21861 which you can enter into your Smartphone or in-car GPS.

You can see below a selection of nonstop flights covered from MAH with approximate times.

Destination Weekly Flights Distance
Palma Mallorca (PMI) 69 132 Km (82 Miles)
Barcelona (BCN) 59 241 Km (150 Miles)
Madrid (MAD) 37 665 Km (413 Miles)
London Gatwick (LGW) 21 1,300 Km (808 Miles)
Manchester (MAN) 19 1,578 Km (980 Miles)
Bilbao (BIO) 9 705 Km (438 Miles)
Derby East Midlands (EMA) 7 1,502 Km (934 Miles)
Birmingham (BHX) 7 1,472 Km (915 Miles)
Manises (VLC) 7 404 Km (251 Miles)
Luton (LTN) 5 1,380 Km (858 Miles)