Majorca holidaymakers facing more rain as flood-hit Palma airport reopens

Holidaymakers in Majorca were set for more rain on Wednesday after heavy showers flooded an airport in Palma grounding flights.

A yellow weather alert has been issued from 2pm until 8pm in part of the Spanish island, with according to local reports.

Up to 20 litres of rain per square metre could fall in the south of the island on Wednesday, according to the Majorca daily bulletin.

It comes a day after stormy weather brought all activity to a halt at Son Sant Joan airport, Spain's third-biggest, due to the "impossibility of operating safely", operator Aena said in a statement.

The airport was forced to activate its emergency plan and flights to Majorca were temporarily re-routed to alternative airports, Transport Minister Oscar Puente said.

Mr Puente later posted on X that the airport was resuming operations as the rain subsided.

Passengers have been told to check with their airline before travelling to the airport.

National weather agency AEMET said its station at the airport recorded rainfall of nearly 5cm per hour, with peaks of up to 9cm in less than an hour.

Videos posted on X appeared to show water streaming from the ceiling of the airport's shopping area, travellers in summer clothes drenched by water leaking through the windows and seeping out of buckets placed underneath.

Others featured cars struggling to navigate a flooded parking lot.

A number of UK flights with Easyjet, BA and Ryanair have been cancelled or disrupted.

London Southend Airport wrote: "Due to adverse weather in Palma de Mallorca, tonight's @easyJet departure (scheduled for 20.35L) to the Spanish city has been cancelled.”