Santander Airport

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Santander Airport
Aeropuerto de Santander
Aeropuerto de Parayas
Airport type Public
Owner Aena
Operator Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (AENA)
Location Maliaño, Camargo, Cantabria, Spain
Elevation AMSL 16 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 43°25′37″N 03°49′12″W / 43.42694°N 3.82000°W / 43.42694; -3.82000
SDR is located in Cantabria
Location of airport in Cantabria
SDR is located in Spain
Location of airport in Spain
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 7,939 2,420 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 2014 815,636
Passenger change 13-14 Decrease16.3%
Aircraft Movements 2014 10,033
Movements change 13-14 Decrease 15.7%
Sources: Passenger Traffic, AENA[1]
Spanish AIP, AENA

Santander Airport (Parayas) (IATA: SDRICAO: 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.[2]


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.[3]


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.

The airport has free WiFi for the first 15 minutes, after that it becomes a paid service.[4]

Naming change[edit]

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.,[5] compared to the quickness shown in the change of the Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Iberia Madrid
operated by Air Nostrum
Madrid, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Gran Canaria
Ryanair Barcelona, Charleroi, Edinburgh, Lanzarote, London–Stansted, Rome–Ciampino, Seville, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Bergamo, Dublin, Gran Canaria, Hahn, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Weeze
Vueling Alicante, Barcelona, Tenerife-North
Volotea Seasonal: Ibiza, Venice-Marco Polo


Traffic per year[6]

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
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


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