The beautiful island of Ibiza is familiar to the younger generation for its clubbing and music scene, and its airport has grown rapidly to accommodate the huge influx of party-goers, as well as holiday-makers of all ages. Martyn Cartledge reports from the Balearics.

The airport is in the Las Salinas National Park. Aena uses hawks to deter other birds from congregating in the operational areas.

Aeropuerto de Ibiza (Aeroport d’Eivissa in the local Catalan language) is just 4.3 miles (7km) from the capital, Ibiza Town. Although it is in the far southwest of the island, it serves all the popular tourist and party resorts, and also acts as a gateway to Formentera, which is accessible only by ferry. The airport is used by 95% the visitors to the area, and with the increasing popularity of the region has come some impressive growth – over the last 20 years, its throughput has more than doubled.

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