Aeroport de Reus
|IATA: REU – ICAO: LERS
|Elevation AMSL||71 m / 233 ft|
|Passenger change 12-13||3.6%|
|Movements change 12-13||5.4%|
Reus Airport (IATA: REU, ICAO: LERS) is located by the beaches of Costa Daurada, equidistant in relation to the town of Constantí and the city of Reus and approximately 7.5 km (4.7 mi) from the city of Tarragona, in Catalonia, Spain.
The airport receives a large amount of tourist traffic from passengers destined for the beach resorts of Salou and Cambrils as well as for Barcelona, which is approximately 100 km (62 mi) to the northeast. It is also close to one of Europe's largest theme parks, PortAventura. In addition, passengers travel to the Mountains of Prades, a Mediterranean forest in the comarca of Baix Camp.
The airport was founded in 1935 as a venture by the Auroclub de Reus. It served as a Republican base during the Spanish Civil War and after the fascist victory served as a Spanish Air Force base. According to the book Grey Wolf, by Gerrard Williams, Adolf Hitler, Eva Hitler (née Braun), Hitler's Alsatian dog Blondie and Eva's brother in law Herman Fageline may have passed through this air base on April 29, 1945 en route to Argentina.
The base was demilitarised in the early 1990s and became a fully civilian airport administered by AENA, the Spanish airports authority.
Development since the 2000s
The airport is a Ryanair base since October 2008 although for the winter 2009–2010 season Ryanair reduced the number of flights and destinations from Reus by a substantial amount. This reduction was only temporary for the winter months and a full flight programme recommenced late March 2010.
On 29 June 2011 Ryanair announced that their base would close on 30 October with the loss of 28 routes after failing to reach an agreement with the local Government. Ryanair resumed some flights in March 2012, but they are operated by aircraft not based at Reus.
In order to adapt Reus Airport to future air traffic demand, Aena Aeropuertos has carried out a series of improvements and extended its facilities. These include a new check-in building between the arrivals and departures buildings, integrating the three buildings into one. The departures building has also been remodelled for use as a boarding area. The new departures terminal has 23 check-in desks and 12 boarding gates spread over two rooms: gates 1 to 6 are intended for Non-Schengen flights, and 7 to 12 are dedicated to Schengen destinations. The public area and the passenger only zone have cafeteria and restaurant services and duty-free shops.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Contractors||Seasonal charter: Cork, Dublin, Shannon|
|Jet2.com||Seasonal: Belfast-International, Blackpool (begins 25 May 2015), East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow-International, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Ryanair||Charleroi, Eindhoven, Hahn, London-Stansted
Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Cork, Dublin, East Midlands, Glasgow-Prestwick, Liverpool, London-Luton, Manchester, Palma de Mallorca
|Thomas Cook Airlines||Seasonal charter: Aberdeen, Belfast-International, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow-International, London-Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium||Seasonal charter: Brussels|
|Thomson Airways||Seasonal: Belfast-International, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, Glasgow-International, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Ural Airlines||Seasonal charter: Moscow-Domodedovo|
A recent influx of flights has led to a dramatic increase in passenger numbers at the airport. In 1995, approximately 500,000 passengers passed through the airport. In 2004 this number more than doubled to 1.1 million and in 2009 the airport reached a peak of 1.7 million.
Incidents and accidents
- On 20 July 1970, a Condor Boeing 737-100 (registered D-ABEL) which was approaching Reus Airport, collided with a privately owned Piper Cherokee light aircraft (registration EC-BRU) near Tarragona, Spain. The Piper subsequently crashed, resulting in the death of the three persons on board. The Condor Boeing suffered only minor damage, and there were no injuries amongst the 95 passengers and 5 crew members.
- In 1996, two powerful bombs placed by the Basque group Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA) in the airport left more than 30 people injured. That same day two other bombs exploded in two hotels located near the airport.
- In 2004 a Swearingen Metro aircraft was to be repositioned to Barcelona Airport for maintenance work, but during takeoff, while accelerating 80 knots, the nose gear collapsed. The aircraft sustained serious damage to the fuselage, engines and the propellers.
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