Fuerteventura Airport

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Fuerteventura Airport

Aeropuerto de Fuerteventura
Aena Fuerteventura.svg
Airport typePublic
LocationPuerto del Rosario
Elevation AMSL25 m / 83 ft
Coordinates28°27′10″N 013°51′50″W / 28.45278°N 13.86389°W / 28.45278; -13.86389
FUE is located in Canary Islands
Location of airport in Canary Islands
FUE is located in Fuerteventura
FUE (Fuerteventura)
FUE is located in Spain, Canary Islands
FUE (Spain, Canary Islands)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 3,406 11,175 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger change 17-18Increase1.2%
Aircraft Movements51,541
Movements change 17-18Increase6.9%
Sources: Passenger Traffic, AENA[1]
Spanish AIP, ENAIRE[2]

Fuerteventura Airport (IATA: FUE, ICAO: GCFV), also known as El Matorral Airport, is an airport serving the Spanish island of Fuerteventura. It is situated in El Matorral, 5 km (3.1 mi) southwest[2][3] of the capital city Puerto del Rosario. The airport has flight connections to over 80 destinations worldwide, and over 5.6 million passengers passed through it in 2016.[1]

The airport has one terminal building with two floors. The ground floor has two sections; one section is for flight arrivals and the other for flight departures. The first floor has the departures lounge and 24 boarding gates. In total, the terminal covers over 92,000 m² and it has the capacity to handle 8.2 million passengers per year.[4]


Early years[edit]

The airport was opened officially on 14 September 1969. The first plane to touch down on the new runway was an Iberia Fokker F27, which flew the route Gran Canaria-Fuerteventura-Lanzarote.[citation needed]

In 1973, El Matorral Airport began to operate its first flights to European countries with the airline Condor, which linked the German city of Düsseldorf directly with Puerto del Rosario. In the following years, the airport experienced considerable growth in the number of operations, which resulted in a series of improvements, starting in 1978, to ensure that the working of the aerodrome continued to meet the needs of the passengers.[citation needed]

Development since the 1990s[edit]

In 1994, construction started on a new terminal building, an aircraft apron, a taxiway parallel to the runway, a power plant and a new access road. The works were completed with the extension of the car park and a detour on the Puerto de Rosario-Matorral, road adding some two kilometres, of which 1.5 are double lane. With the new facilities it was possible to attend around five million passengers a year and manage around 3,100 passengers per hour during rush-hour periods.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Aerial view
Terminal exterior
Puerto del Rosario Airport
View from the exterior
Cetrery[clarification needed] car to disperse birds
Control tower
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin[6]
Air Europa Asturias, Madrid
Atlantic Airways Billund
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria, La Palma,[7] Tenerife–North
Brussels Airlines Brussels
CanaryFly Gran Canaria, Tenerife–North
Condor Berlin–Schönefeld,[8] Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart
Corendon Airlines Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf (begins 2 May 2021),[9] Erfurt/Weimar (begins 9 November 2020), Friedrichshafen (begins 10 November 2020), Hamburg (begins 6 November 2020), Hannover,[10] Munich (begins 4 November 2020), Münster/Osnabrück, Nuremberg, Rostock (begins 12 November 2020), Saarbrücken (begins 7 November 2020), Weeze (begins 1 November 2020)[11]
Corendon Dutch Airlines Amsterdam
easyJet Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin–Tegel, Bordeaux,[12] Bristol, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, Milan–Malpensa
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Belfast–International, Geneva, Hamburg, London-Luton (begins 13 February 2021),[13] Lyon, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Nuremberg, Salzburg, Stuttgart (begins 25 October 2020),[14] Vienna
Enter Air Charter: Katowice,[15] Warsaw–Chopin[15]
Seasonal charter: Gdańsk,[15] Rzeszów,[15] Wrocław[15]
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Leipzig/Halle[16]
Holiday Europe[17] Seasonal charter: Berlin–Schönefeld, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Leipzig/Halle, Munich
Iberia Express Madrid
Iberia Regional Seasonal: Seville, Valencia
Jet2.com Belfast–International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Lufthansa Seasonal: Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Neos Bologna, Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino, Verona
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Novair Charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal charter: Gothenburg, Karlstad, Malmö, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stavanger, Växjö
Ryanair Barcelona, Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld, Birmingham, Charleroi, Dublin, Düsseldorf (ends 24 October 2020), East Midlands, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Madrid, Manchester, Pisa, Seville, Weeze (begins 31 October 2020)
Seasonal: Bologna, London–Luton, Shannon, Vienna
Scandinavian Airlines Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Luleå, Stockholm–Arlanda
Smartwings Prague
Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin
Sundair Seasonal charter: Berlin–Tegel,[18] Kassel[18]
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon (begins 5 June 2021)[19]
Transavia Amsterdam
Seasonal: Paris–Orly
TUI Airways Birmingham, Bristol, London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: East Midlands
TUI fly Belgium Brussels, Lille
TUI fly Deutschland Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin–Tegel,[20] Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Munich, Nuremberg,[21] Paderborn/Lippstadt, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam, Rotterdam
Volotea Bordeaux, Lyon (begins 18 October 2020),[22] Marseille, Nantes, Toulouse
Vueling Barcelona, Bilbao, Málaga, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Valencia
Wizz Air Doncaster/Sheffield (begins 7 December 2020),[23][24] Dortmund,[25] Katowice, London–Luton, Milan–Malpensa[26]


Fuerteventura Airport passenger totals 2000-2019 (millions)
Updated: 16 January 2019. 2018 data provisional.[1]
Passengers Aircraft movements Cargo (tonnes)
2000 3,467,614 31,663 4,487
2001 3,577,638 30,471 3,837
2002 3,620,576 32,520 3,712
2003 3,919,224 39,695 3,694
2004 3,917,109 39,865 3,639
2005 4,071,875 40,415 3,178
2006 4,458,711 44,044 3,196
2007 4,629,877 44,870 3,127
2008 4,492,003 44,552 2,722
2009 3,738,492 36,429 1,913
2010 4,173,686 39,437 1,710
2011 4,948,018 44,551 1,557
2012 4,399,023 37,772 1,214
2013 4,259,341 35,498 1,022
2014 4,764,632 40,066 978
2015 5,027,415 39,307 937
2016 5,676,323 45,456 945
2017 6,049,291 48,216 946
2018 6,118,893 51,541 874
2019 (Nov.) 5,187,319 43.307 670
Source: Aena Statistics[1]


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  2. ^ a b "Spanish AIP (ENAIRE)". Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  3. ^ "EAD Basic - Error Page". www.ead.eurocontrol.int. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Fuerteventura Airport Guide". Retrieved 10 November 2017.
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  7. ^ Liu, Jim. "Binter expands Santa Cruz de la Palma service from July 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
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  12. ^ Liu, Jim. "easyJet S20 new routes as of 27DEC19". Routesonline. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
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  14. ^ Liu, Jim. "Eurowings W20 network additions". Routesonline. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
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  16. ^ "Tui sends Freebird Europe to Leipzig / Halle - Airbus A320 is stationed in Schkeuditz". lvz.de. 4 October 2019.
  17. ^ "FTI is expanding its hot water capacity with a new charter airline". airliners.de. 28 August 2019.
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  19. ^ Liu, Jim. "TAP Air Portugal NS21 Short-Haul network additions as of 11SEP20". Routesonline. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  20. ^ TUIfly begin service to Fuerteventura from November 2017
  21. ^ Liu, Jim. "TUIfly S19 network additions as of 25MAR19". Routesonline. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  22. ^ https://centreforaviation.com/news/volotea-to-launch-four-new-routes-to-the-canary-islands-in-oct-2020-1015508
  23. ^ Liu, Jim (9 September 2020). "Wizz Air UK expands Doncaster/Sheffield network in W20". routesonline.com.
  24. ^ Liu, Jim. "Wizz Air UK W20 new routes launch revision as of 24SEP20". Routesonline. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
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  26. ^ https://www.wetravel.biz/2020/05/28/wizzair-nuova-base-a-malpensa/

External links[edit]

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