Santiago de Compostela Airport
|Santiago de Compostela Airport
Aeroporto de Santiago de Compostela
|IATA: SCQ – ICAO: LEST
– WMO: 8041
|Serves||Santiago de Compostela|
|Elevation AMSL||1,213 ft / 370 m|
|Passenger change 11-12||10.9%|
|Movements change 11-12||12.6%|
Santiago de Compostela Airport (Galician: Aeroporto de Santiago de Compostela, Spanish: Aeropuerto de Santiago de Compostela) (IATA: SCQ, ICAO: LEST) is one of the three international airports in Galicia, Spain. It is located in Lavacolla, a town 16 km far from Galicia's capital city, Santiago de Compostela. In 2011, 2.464.431 passengers passed through it.
The Christian pilgrimage route of the Way of St. James (El Camino de Santiago) passes by the airport.
The airport was set up by a group of aviation enthusiasts in October 1932 and two months directors were chosen to select where the airport was going to be built. In 1935 construction work started at the airport where two years later on 27 September 1937 the first scheduled flight from Santiago de Compostela took place. Domestic and International services began from the airport on 30 June 1947.
In 1948, work began on asphalting the main runway. this also included the introduction of a parking apron and stands which were completed sometime between 1953 and 1954. It was expanded again in 1964.
In 1969 A new terminal was built at the airport. It has had several expansions taking place since it opened. It closed in 2011 following a brand new terminal being built at the airport.
In 1981, a cargo terminal was built, giving the airport capacity to handle cargo flights. 
On 13 October 2011 a new passenger terminal opened at the airport, replacing the old 1969 terminal.
The airport currently has one terminal. The old terminal which had been in operation since 1969 closed on the night on 13 October 2011.
The Old terminal at Santiago de Compostela airport opened in 1969 and had lots of expansions during its lifetime. The terminal closed on the night of 13 October 2011 where operations transferred to the new terminal. It is currently unknown of the fate of the old terminal.
The New terminal at Santiago de Compostela Airport officially opened on 13 October 2011 and passenger operations transferred there the following day. It is adjacent to the old terminal and has a size of 74,000 sq m. It has 22 check-in desks, 3 security checkpoints, 13 gates of which 5 have airbridges and 4 baggage carousels. The baggage hall is split into two zones, one for EU flights and one for Non-EU. It can handle as much as 4 million passengers per year.
The terminal is due to be expanded in the near future. This includes adding another 5 airbridges to 5 of the current gates as well as 3 more baggage carousels and an expanded shopping area.
Airlines and destinations
|Aer Lingus||Seasonal: Dublin|
|Air Europa||Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Caracas, Fuerteventura, Ibiza, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca
|EasyJet Switzerland||Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva|
operated by Air Nostrum
Seasonal: Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife-North
|Ryanair||Alicante, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Hahn, Lanzarote, London-Stansted, Madrid, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Seville, Tenerife-South, Valencia|
|SATA International||Seasonal Charter: Madeira|
Seasonal: Brussels (begins 1 May 2014), Málaga, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Fiumicino (begins 21 June 2014), Zürich
Passenger numbers have increased significantly at the airport, from 1.3 million in 2000 to 2.4 in 2011. This decreased slightly in 2013 to 2.2 million. Cargo has decreased significantly over the last ten years.
|Updated: 16 October 2013.|
|Passengers||Aircraft movements||Cargo (tonnes)|
|Source: Aena Statistics|
Accidents and Incidents
- On 2 August 2012, an Airnor Cessena 500 Citation I, registration EC-IBA crashed whilst on approach to the airport with the loss of both crew members.
- Official website (English) (Spanish)
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