The public transport service will be operational between May and October this year and a total of five bus routes will go to and from Son Sant Joan airport:
West: Magaluf, Palmanova, Peguera and Santa Ponça
North: Inca, Port d’Alcúdia, Platja d’Alcúdia, Platja de Muro and Can Picafort
East: Manacor, Portocristo, s'Illot, sa Coma, Cala Millor and Cala Bona
South: s'arenal de Llucmajor, Llucmajor, Campos, Santanyí , Portopetro, Cala Egos and Cala d'Or
The services will not stop at Palma Intermodal Station. They will be direct services from the airport to these resorts. When it comes to the timetable, services are planned to be every 60- 90 minutes.
The plan is in response to the demands of people arriving in Mallorca by air and who, currently, cannot reach their various destinations directly using a scheduled public transport service. In fact, 6% of airport users currently use EMT public transport. Putting these TIB routes in place at the airport could fulfil a demand of around 3%. In this way, public transport by bus would serve around 9-10% of Palma airport users.
The measure involves improving Mallorca's image as a sustainable tourist destination, which has quality, competitive public services, and also offer an alternative to residents and employees to get to the airport. On the one hand, it will cover the growing demand from tourists planning their trips by internet who choose public transport, and, on the other, a regular bus service to the airport will be available for residents. In fact, frequent travellers can use the Intermodal Card and take advantage of the discounts it offers.
An important aim of our services is to free up places on the existing TIB bus routes between Palma Intermodal Station and the tourist resorts. These routes currently experience capacity problems in high season and they are not always equipped to carry suitcases.
The measure will also help to reduce pressure on Mallorca's road network as some tourists who, at the moment, hire cars will choose public transport instead.
The Councillor for Land, Energy and Mobility, Marc Pons, says that the measure, which is being put in place this tourist season, is necessary. The councillor says that the lack of direct transport between Son Sant Joan and the tourist resorts is a weak point in Balearic public transport.
The councillor also explained that this service will not involve any increase in costs for public funds because it will be paid by the concessionary companies, who cover the routes to these tourist resorts, themselves and who will run the new service at their own risk.