Girona–Costa Brava Airport

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Girona–Costa Brava Airport
Aeroport de Girona-Costa Brava
Girona-Costa Brava Airport - View from plane.JPG
IATA: GROICAO: LEGE
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (AENA)
Serves Girona, the Costa Brava and Barcelona, Spain
Elevation AMSL 143 m / 469 ft
Coordinates 41°54′03″N 002°45′38″E / 41.90083°N 2.76056°E / 41.90083; 2.76056Coordinates: 41°54′03″N 002°45′38″E / 41.90083°N 2.76056°E / 41.90083; 2.76056
Website aena-aeropuertos.es
Map
GRO is located in Catalonia
GRO
GRO
Location within Catalonia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 2,400 7,874 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 2,736,867
Passenger change 12-13 Decrease3.8%
Aircraft Movements 27,050
Movements change 12-13 Decrease2.3%
Source: AENA[1]

Girona–Costa Brava Airport (IATA: GROICAO: LEGE) (Catalan: Aeroport de Girona-Costa Brava, Spanish: Aeropuerto de Girona-Costa Brava) is an airport located 12.5 km (7.8 mi) southwest[2] of the city of Girona, next to the small village of Vilobí d'Onyar, in the north-east of Catalonia, Spain.

The airport is well connected to the Costa Brava and the Pyrenees. Girona Airport is used as an alternative airport for Barcelona as well, even though the airport is 92 km (57 mi)[3] north of Barcelona.

History[edit]

The airport was built in 1965,[4] but passenger traffic was modest.

The early 2000s saw passenger numbers grow spectacularly after Ryanair chose Girona as one of its European hubs. In 1993, Girona Airport dealt with only 275,000 passengers; in the six years from 2002 to 2008 passenger numbers increased by nearly ten times from just over 500,000 to more than 5.5 million, but half of these were lost again in the next 4 years until 2012 with only 2.8 million passengers.[5]

Facilities[edit]

Check-in area

On the ground floor there are 33 check-in desks, with 11 boarding gates on the first floor for both domestic and international flights.[6] Food is available in the departures area of the airport, as well as a few shops.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aviolet
operated by Air Serbia
Seasonal: Belgrade
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Gdansk, Katowice, Warsaw-Chopin
Europe Airpost Seasonal charter: Marseille
IGavion
operated by Skytaxi
Seasonal: Dole[7]
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels
Ryanair Alghero, Beauvais, Billund, Bournemouth, Bratislava, Bremen, Brindisi, Cagliari, Eindhoven, Hahn, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Maastricht/Aachen, Manchester, Marrakesh, Pescara, Pisa, Poznań, Rabat, Weeze, Wrocław
Seasonal: Aarhus, Bergamo, Bristol, Charleroi, Cork, Dortmund, Dublin, East Midlands, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Knock, Lappeenranta, London–Luton, Malta, Memmingen, Newcastle upon Tyne, Krakow, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Perugia, Skellefteå, Tallinn, Thessaloniki, Trapani
SmartWings
operated by Travel Service Airlines
Seasonal: Prague
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Thomson Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, London-Gatwick, Manchester
Transaero Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Vnukovo
Transavia.com Seasonal: Amsterdam, Rotterdam
Wizz Air Seasonal: Bucharest
Wizz Air Ukraine Kiev-Zhuliany

Statistics[edit]

The following table shows total passenger numbers at Girona Airport from 1997 to date.

Year Passengers
1997 533,445
1998 610,607
1999 631,235
2000 651,402
2001 622,410
2002 557,187
2003 1,448,796
2004 2,962,988
2005 3,533,567
2006 3,614,223
2007 4,848,604
2008 5,507,294
2009 5,286,970
2010 4,863,785
2011 3,007,649
2012 2,844,571
2013 2,736,867
Source: Aena Statistics[5]

Ground transportation[edit]

Alongside being an alternative option to Barcelona Airport, Girona Airport is convenient for the resorts along the Costa Brava, such as Lloret de Mar, l'Estartit and Blanes. It is about a 40 minute drive from the French border and many people use Girona Airport as a way of getting to the Pyrenees and the ski resorts of Andorra.

By car[edit]

The airport is served by three main roads:

By bus[edit]

There are 6 bus lines operating in the airport:

By train[edit]

The closest main line railway station to the airport is in Girona. The closest railway station is in fact Riudellots Halt, 4 km away from the airport.[8] There is a project to build a station for the AVE line LGV Perpignan-Figueres.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 14 September 1999, at 21:47 UTC, a Boeing 757–204 charter flight from Cardiff, Wales, UK, with 236 passengers and 9 crew left the runway when landing in a storm and broke apart. After leaving the runway, it ran 343 metres across flat grassland beside the runway, before going diagonally over a substantial earth mound adjacent to the airport boundary, becoming semi-airborne as a result. Beyond the mound it hit and severed a number of medium-sized trees and the right engine struck the boundary fence. The aircraft then yawed considerably to the right, passed through the fence, landed again in a field, and its main landing gears collapsed. It finally stopped after a 244-metre slide across the field. Damage was substantial: the fuselage was broken in two places and the landing gear and both engines detached. Remarkably, there were no immediate fatalities but 44 people, including the aircraft's captain, received hospital treatment for severe to minor injuries.[9][10]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Girona-Costa Brava Airport at Wikimedia Commons