Aeropuerto de Santander
Aeropuerto de Parayas
|IATA: SDR – ICAO: LEXJ|
|Operator||Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (AENA)|
|Location||Maliaño, Camargo, Cantabria, Spain|
|Elevation AMSL||16 ft / 5 m|
Santander Airport (Parayas) (IATA: SDR, ICAO: LEXJ) is an international airport near Santander, Spain and the only airport in Cantabria. In 2012 the airport handled 1,117,617 passengers and 17,070 flights, far more than in 1995 when it handled only 180,000 passengers. Since then, the traffic has declined following the trend in Spanish airports and the decrease in operations by some of the companies.
The airport has been extended and refurbished in the last couple of years. It has 8 check-in desks, 3 baggage carousels and 5 boarding gates. The terminal opens its doors to passengers at 6:30 and closes at 23:30, operations take place between 7:30 and 23:00. 
The road access by car is from the S-10 highway, exit 3 and then taking the road N-636 that leads to the airport facilities. There is also a regular bus line from Santander's main bus station in the city centre, it takes 15 minutes and runs every 30 minutes from 7 a.m till 11 p.m. The line buses from ALSA also stop in the airport prior booking in the routes that connect Santander with other towns in northern Spain like Bilbao, Gijón, Oviedo or Laredo.
There is a taxi stop y and rental car offices of Alamo, ATESA, Auto Europe, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt y Zoom. The airport has a parking area for long and short stays and since 2014 there is a private parking service outside the facilities called Parking Parayas.
Following a popular initiative, the regional parliament of Cantabria approved unanimously the change of the name of the airport in 2014 and name it Aeropuerto Seve Ballesteros Santander - Parayas, after the famous golf player Severiano Ballesteros born in Cantabria. Unfortunately this change has been delayed without apparent reasons by Aena, the management agency of the airport that belongs to the national government.
Airlines and destinations
operated by Air Nostrum
|Madrid, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Gran Canaria|
|Ryanair||Barcelona, Charleroi, Lanzarote, London–Stansted, Rome–Ciampino, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Bergamo, Dublin, Edinburgh, Gran Canaria, Hahn, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Seville, Valencia, Weeze
|Vueling||Alicante, Barcelona, Tenerife-North|
|Volotea||Seasonal: Ibiza, Venice-Marco Polo|
Traffic per year
|260,767 (+16.1%) 29th||272,383 (+4.5%) 28th||262,070 (-3.8%) 29th||253,756 (-3.2%) 29th||342,559 (+35.0%) 28th||644,662 (+88.1%) 27th||649,447 (+0.7%) 27th||761,780 (+17.3%) 27th||856,606 (+12.4%) 27th||958,157 (+11.9%) 26th||918,470 (-4.1%) 26th||1,116,398 (+21.4%) 21st||1,117,617 (+0.1%) 20th||974,043 (-12.8%) 20th||815,636 (-16.3%) 23th|
- AENA passenger statistics and aircraft movements. Aena.es. Retrieved on 20-02-2015.
- Santander Official Airport website. Aena.es. Retrieved on 24-10-2012.
- Aena (2012-03-25). "Estadísticas - Aeropuertos" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2012-03-25.