Girona–Costa Brava Airport
|Girona–Costa Brava Airport
Aeroport de Girona-Costa Brava
|IATA: GRO – ICAO: LEGE|
|Owner||Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (AENA)|
|Serves||Girona, the Costa Brava and Barcelona, Spain|
|Elevation AMSL||143 m / 469 ft|
Girona–Costa Brava Airport (IATA: GRO, ICAO: LEGE) (Catalan: Aeroport de Girona-Costa Brava, Spanish: Aeropuerto de Girona-Costa Brava) is an airport located 12.5 km (7.8 mi) southwest 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) north of Barcelona.
The airport was built in 1965, 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.
On the ground floor there are 33 check-in desks, with 11 boarding gates on the first floor for both domestic and international flights. Food is available in the departures area of the airport, as well as a few shops.
Airlines and destinations
The following table shows total passenger numbers at Girona Airport from 1997 to date.
|Source: Aena Statistics|
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.
The airport is served by three main roads:
- E-15/AP-7 toll road (Perpignan, France – south of Spain)
- C-25 (Lleida – Vic – Girona)
- N-II, no-toll road (Madrid – Barcelona – Perpignan, France)
There are 6 bus lines operating in the airport:
- Airport – Barcelona (1 hour 10 minutes, departure times depending on flights. On Sunday the last bus leaves Barcelona at 7.15pm)
- Airport – Costa Brava/Maresme (Stops at Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar, Blanes, Malgrat de Mar, Santa Susanna, Pineda de Mar and Calella de la Costa)
- Airport – North Costa Brava (Stops at Figueres, Roses, Pineda de Mar, Calella de Palafrugell and Tossa de Mar)
- Airport – Girona (25 minutes, one every hour)
- Airport – Perpignan in France. Serviced by Frogbus. 6 times daily. Stops at Le Boulou
- Airport – Andorra. Serviced by Frogbus. 2 times on Friday and Sunday. Stops at Vic
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. There is a project to build a station for the AVE line LGV Perpignan-Figueres.
Incidents and accidents
- 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.
- Informes Anuales – 2012 – AENA
- Spanish AIP (AENA)
- ViaMichelin : Itinéraire, Route, Plan, Carte de France, Plan de Ville, Carte Europe
- "AENA Girona-Costa Brava Historia". Retrieved 9 January 2014.
- AENA passenger statistics and aircraft movements
- Girona Airport
- "Ryanair Flight Timetable". Ryanair.
- 3 PM Barcelona to Cerbere train schedule
- "Special Bulletin S1/2000 – Boeing 757–204, G-BYAG". Air Accidents Investigation Branch. 2000.
- "BBC report of air crash". BBC. 1999-09-16.
Media related to Girona-Costa Brava Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Girona Airport official website (Aena)
- Current weather for LEGE at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for GRO at Aviation Safety Network