“ IATA: MAH, ICAO: LEMH. The airport, also known as Mahon Airport on the Minorca Island, is located just a few kilometers from the island's capital city Mahon. It is primarily a tourist airport. „
Every year we go on holiday to Menorca, and since Mahon airport is the only one on the island I've been there quite a number of times. It is a relatively small airport located just outside the capital city of the island.
When I travel to Menorca, we often have a disabled family member with us. This means we are entitled to fastback service, wheelchair access and the front seats on the plane. For us, the service has always been brilliant when we arrive; a wheelchair meets us when everybody leaves the plane and we are escorted through passport control rights up to carousels. However, if you are using the car hirer service as the airport, expect a delay of around two hours. None of the staff speak very much English which makes it really difficult to negotiate the details, and the queue is always huge.
When we leave, sometimes the hassle is much worse. We have to negotiate with the desk staff about having the front seats on the plane, which can be incredibly difficult when they don't speak English. However, we came across a member of the security team who could speak perfect English, which made our transition much easier. All of the staff are helpful as much as they can be. One you get through to departures there is a nice lounge with ample food/drink facilities, and also a smoking/outdoor area.
Overall, I think that Mahon airport is a well facilitated, clean airport that serves it's purpose.
Had an absolute nightmare at Mahon airport. Check in took over an hour cos they were checking in about 6 flights all being checked in at the same time with Thomas cook. None of the staff were in any rush despite the 9 huge queues. So then had to rush through security and round to the departure gate, which was then over 20 mins late in opening, and those staff were also all in absolute no rush to start putting people through and had a 15 min chat before putting people through and they weren't happy or engaging and the customer service was shocking. Had a real nightmare was so glad that we didn't have the kids with us I am sure that they would have had an even more traumatising time then we did. Also my new wife and I were seated in different places on the plane and it was only her 2nd time flying. Really loved menorca but will definitely think twice now about going again just because of the torrid time we had at the airport. It was a complete shambles.
We've just come back from a week's holiday in Menorca, Harry's first proper holiday abroad, and we had a fabulous time. Unfortunately, going on holiday means you are going to end up spending much of your first and last day in an airport, one at home and one at your destination. We flew out from London Gatwick, a quite big and impressive airport that seeks to cater to every need of the passengers trapped within, and flew to Menorca airport, which is near the island's capital city Mahon. My parents took my brother and I to Menorca when we were 4 and 2, so over 20 years ago and my parents were really impressed with the change in the airport, and I thought the small island has done a great job with their only airport.
The airport is located in the far south east of the island, near the capital Mahon. It is a relatively small airport compared to Gatwick, but as it only serves the small island, it is plenty big enough. All flights departing went to Europe and arrivals only seemed to be from Europe and smaller aircraft too. We were staying in the south west of Menorca in Cala Blanca, but it only took us an hour's drive to get to/from the airport at the beginning and end of our holiday, so its very accesible. There is plenty of parking at the airport if you need it, and you can also get taxis and there is a dedicated bus route on the island for the airport too.
When we arrived in Menorca, the airport looked very clean, with only one other aircraft on the tarmac and that had clearly unloaded a long while ago. The airport looked fresh and bright, probably helped by the gorgeous blue sky and hot sunshine, but were very impressed. You have to go through Spanish passport control, which seemed much more lax than British immigration, and straight through to baggage reclaim. This was slightly slower than bigger airports, but there are several collection carousels, although only ours was being used. One thing I did like was as we walked into the arrivals hall, there was a huge stand of free Menorca brochures for passengers to help themselves to, always a nice touch when you arrive in a new place!
The hall itself is fantastic, open and cool thanks to the air conditioning, and was covered in chrome and bright lights so was quite bright! Strangely the toilets were located at opposite ends of the hall, and passengers come through doors in the middle so you have to trek across if you need a loo break after your flight, and Harry had great fun running from one end to the other, his noisy footsteps echoing down the empty hall! After we collected our baggage, we had to collect our rental car from the windows located at the back of the hall behind the baggage carousels. This was quick, and the car parks containing the rental cars was about a 5 minute walk from the main airport terminal. There are several hire companies present so make sure you get the right floor. There are taxi ranks outside the terminal building too if you don't have car rental pre-booked, or you can book upon arrival in Menorca.
At the end of our holiday, we returned our rental car to the appropriate place (quite a tight squeeze we have to say, make sure you have a careful driver!) and did a short walk to the terminal, which seemed much shorter than our previous journey! The terminal was very open and again very chrome, and spacious. We arrived at about 1pm, with our flight due to take off at 4.25pm. The check in desks didn't open until 2 hours before the flight, so there was a bit of a sit about waiting, with not many shops, just a cafeteria and small shop which wasn't cheap. After checking in, you go up to the departure lounge (once you've cleared security of course).
I was really impressed with the departure lounge. There wasn't a huge amount of seating, but there was a nice children's play area, I would say aimed at the under 3's as Harry was a bit too big to play in there. It's nice they recognise a lot of their visitors are young families! There is a nice size Duty Free shop selling all your usual alcohol, cigarettes, perfume and confectionary (you can choose to pay in GBP if you pay by card too!), a small fashion store, small newsagent type-shop, and several food outlets including a Burger King, always handy to have when travelling with young children/younger 23 year old brothers who eat like it's going out of fashion. Once we were called to the boarding gate, they strictly boarded us with 'speedy boarders' going first, followed by special assistance and those with children under 5, so we sneaked on with Harry. The flight took off on time and ended our good experience at Menorca airport.
Overall, we were really pleased with our experience at Menorca airport, and would happily use it again if we returned to the island. The staff were professional and pleasant, things ran according on time and passengers were fully updated along the way, and the airport seemed cool, clean and fresh throughout our trip. I think the Menorcans have done themselves proud with this airport, and it is a good place to begin and end your holiday on a great island. Yes, it is on the other side of the island from some of the more touristy resorts but because the island is so small, it only takes around an hour to drive across so isn't an issue. Signage is in both Spanish/Catalan and English and well laid out, so no complaints from us, we highly recommend Menorca airport!
Menorca Airport website: http://www.menorca-airport.com/
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I often dread the thought of the airports abroad, especially when noone else speakse English and you have to figure everything out for yourself.
Mahon airport in Menorca is great in my opinion. There is a huge new modern building, which the last time I went was just finished being built. We walked in to smaller ques that I had imagined, and we were only waiting an amount of minutes to get our luggage checked in.
There are many English speaking staff walking around to make sure that your visit was a good one, and helping with anything that you didn't understand.
We got through the security in a matter of minutes, straight into the huge departure lounge. The size of the departure lounge was bigger than I had thought it would be, which was great as everyone there was then able to get a seat.
There are many small gift shops to look around although some were quite expensive. There were also lots of places to get food, and to sit and eat. The toilets were very clean considering some places that I have been to in the past.
Smokers will also be delighted when I say that there is an area for smokers that is built into the departure lounge!
The island of Menorca is only 27 miles long, so from the airport you could reach virtually any holiday resort within an hour or less.
This really is a comfortable, efficient airport. After 11 days sunning ourselves the last thing we wanted was to hang around an airport with little money and a restless, tired 2 year old. What a pleasant suprise we had! The queues really weren't very long but moved quickly anyway. All the staff were polite and helpful and the whole place seemed to run like clockwork. There is a good selection of duty free and gift shops (a bit pricey but then the whole of Menorca was). There are also plenty of places to eat - whether you just want a sandwich or push the boat out and have Burger King. Oh, and there is an outside lounge for the smokers amongst us! Our baggage and buggy made it back safe and sound, too. How much nicer travelling would be if more of our airports (and foreign ones) were like this.
Foreign holiday airports are in my experience often terrible and bring the holiday to a less than satisfactory conclusion. I'm not talking about Paris CDG, or Rome etc. I'm talking for example about Mallorca, Ibiza or The Canaries.
Meet the next generation of Holiday Airports--Mahon, Menorca.
We have all been there; great holiday, lots of sunshine, good food etc. Then the day of departure arrives and the continuous cattle market starts. Bus to the airport, queue at the airport for ages, queue to go through security, vague and rough search by someone etc etc etc. Then on to the departure lounge to find that there are only half as many seats as the number of people needing then. Its musical chairs for adults. No air conditioning in the height of summer. This always takes the shine off of a holiday and you just desperately want to be home.
Imagine my surprise, when I turned up at Mahon Airport, Menorca. Firstly, I'm faced by a mordern looking building ( not the shed and bus shelter of 20 years ago), then I go through to the check in desk and find moderate sized queues. Not only that, there are really nice helpful English speaking staff walking along the queues who make sure your check in is painless. The couple in front of us had a case over 32kgs. The girl assisting at the check in was helpful in explaining the problem and ensuring a resolution that was swift.
Security was over in the blink of an eye and then on to the departure lounge.
I don't know about you but my previous experience of low volume holiday airports is that there is a small shop selling duty free( which you cannot use as you are returning to the UK) and a snack bar selling the most stale and awful of food.
In Mahon departure lounge you are faced with a large airy space with several shops and loads of food outlets. The shops have everything from duty paid cigarettes(200 for about £5 less than the UK) and Alcohol(like wise cheap) to books shops and childrens' clothes shops. You also had shops selling decent souvenirs at reasonable prices. There were actually items there that are worth buying for yourself.
The seating capacity was huge, well enough to deal with all the people arriving through security, and deal with those having to await a delayed departure.
On the food front there were decent coffee shops serving cafe con leche or cappucinos along with tasty looking local pastries and delicacies.
Then imagine my surprise when I found that there was an area for smokers. They had built an outside shelter that was entirely contained within the departure lounge. Normally from the Departure check in until you clear the exit of your local airport you have to be smoke free. This was a revelation.
From wishing that my time in the departure lounge would vanish in an instant, I will now look forward to visiting again, and might even try to go there a wee bit earlier.