Spanish Airport Guide
A Guide to Spanish Airports
Spain currently operates some 48 airports and the 2 recently constructed heliports of Ceuta and Algeciras. They are located in every corner of the country and are generally in excellent condition with modern installations and facilities as you would expect to find in one of the worlds leading tourism destinations.
Although air traffic decreased slightly last year more than 195 Million passengers where processed through the gates of Spanish airports in 2012 with almost 2 Million flight operations and some 650 Million Kilos of Cargo where also processed.
The Spanish Airport Authority ( Aena ) currently employs around 13.300 people and is ranked amongst the top four providers of air navigation in Europe and has stakes in Londons- Luton and Orlandos-Sandford airports.
In 2012 and continuing into 2013 the busiest airport in Spain was once again Madrid’s Barajas airport which processed almost 45 Million passengers followed by Barcelona with 35 Million, Palma de Mallorca 22.6 Million, Malaga came in 4th with 12.5 Million and Gran Canaria with 9.8 Million. The airport with the least activity was Huesca in the Pyrenees with 1.313 passengers
The Spanish Airport Authority ( Aena ) continues its massive investment plan in Spain adapting a large number of the airports to meet the demands of Airport transport. The most notable developments in the last few years include:
A CORUNA Upgrading car parks and roads
CORDOBA Runway extension
FUERTEVENTURA : Terminal Area expansion.
IBIZA : Terminal Building facilities renovation and new heating and cooling plant.
LEON: New terminal building and site development.
MALAGA Baggage screening system for the expansion of Terminal Area
PAMPLONA New Terminal Area
GRAN CANARIA Expansion of Terminal Building.
LA PALMA New terminal area and control tower.
SANTIAGO New Terminal area.
VIGO Expansion of Terminal building.
As we all now know security measures in most countries has been increased due to the present climate. The EU has adopted new security regulations regarding the transportation of liquids in hand luggage. The new regulations, effective as from November 2006, are for all EU airports, as well as those in Norway, Iceland and Switzerland. This means that, at security checkpoints, you and your hand luggage must be checked for liquids in addition to other prohibited articles. However, the new rules do not limit the liquids that you can buy at shops located beyond the point where you show your boarding pass or on-board an aircraft operated by an EU airline.
Flights entering Spanish territory are classified according to their origin or destination, in three groups: Schengen, EU Non-Schengen and Third Countries.
Schengen Countries : Flights originating in or with destination to countries that have signed the Schengen Agreement. Citizens from these countries may cross internal borders freely. Domestic flights are considered Schengen flights. The countries are Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Netherlands Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Sweden
Non-Schengen EU Countries Flights originating in or with destination to European Union member states that have not joined the Schengen agreement. There is no free circulation for these people.
Flights originating in or with destination to non-European Union member states that have not joined the Schengen agreement.
The busiest airports in Spain include
» Madrid Airport Adolfo Suarez ( was Madrid Barajas )
» Malaga Airport - Costa del Sol
» Barcelona Airport - El Prat
The International Code for all Spanish Airports:
- Alicante Airport ALC
- Almeria Airport (LEI)
- Asturias Airport (OVD)
- Barcelona Airport (BLA)
- Bilbao Airport (BIO)
- FuerteventuraAirport (FUE)
Girona Airport (GRO)
- Granada Airport (GRX)
- Gran Canaria Airport (LPA)
- Ibiza Airport (IBZ)
- Jerez Airport (XRY)
- La Coruna Airport (LCG)
- Lanzarote Airport (ACE)
- La Palma Airport (SPC)
- Madrid Airport (MAD)
- Malaga Airport (AGP)
- Menorca Airport (MAH)
- Murcia San Javier Airport (MJV)
- Palma de Mallorca (PMI)
- Reus Airport (REU)
- Santander Airport (SDR)
- Santiago Airport (SCQ)
- Seville Airport (SVQ)
- Tenerife Reina Sofia Airport (TFS)
- Tenerife North Airport (TFN)
- Tenerife South Airport (TCI)
- Valencia Airport (VLC)
- Valladolid Airport (VLL)
- Vigo Airport (VGO)
- Vitoria Airport (VIT)
- Zaragoza Airport (ZAZ)
The web site authority which takes care of all the Spanish Airports is Aena . One of Aenas top priorities is to ensure customer care and security, you can download a leaflet on passenger rights at Aena – Airport Authorities
This airport guide provides information on the main airports which deal with International passenger traffic only, Airports which are used for freight, internal flights only or are attached to military installations are not included in the list on the right hand side.