Fuerteventura Airport

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Fuerteventura Airport

Aeropuerto de Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura air logo.png
Airport typePublic
LocationPuerto del Rosario
Elevation AMSL26 m / 86 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
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01L/19R (closed) 2,140 7,021 Asphalt
01R/19L 3,406 11,175 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passenger change 15-16Increase12.9%
Aircraft Movements45,456
Movements change 15-16Increase15.7%
Sources: Passenger Traffic, AENA[1]
Spanish AIP, AENA[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[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 Las Palmas-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
Iberia Airbus A320 at the airport
Cetrery car to disperse birds
Control tower
Aer Lingus Dublin
Air Europa Asturias, Barcelona, Bilbao, Málaga, Madrid, Santiago de Compostela
Air Europa Express Gran Canaria
AlbaStar Seasonal charter: Milan–Malpensa
ASL Airlines France Seasonal charter: Brest, Nantes, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Atlantic Airways Billund
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria, Tenerife–North
British Airways London–Gatwick
Brussels Airlines Brussels[6]
CanaryFly Gran Canaria, Tenerife–North
Condor Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle, Manchester, Munich, Stuttgart
Corendon Dutch Airlines Amsterdam
easyJet Berlin–Tegel, Bristol, Liverpool, London–Gatwick
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Belfast-International, Hamburg, Lyon, Milan–Malpensa, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse
Seasonal: Geneva
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Nuremberg, Salzburg, Vienna
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Gdańsk, Katowice, Poznań, Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Germania Berlin–Schönefeld,[7] Berlin–Tegel Bremen, Düsseldorf, Friedrichshafen, Hamburg, Münster/Osnabrück, Rostock
Seasonal: Dresden, Erfurt/Weimar, Nuremberg
Germania Flug Seasonal: Zurich
Iberia Regional Málaga, Santiago de Compostela, Sevilla, Valencia
Iberia Express Madrid
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Örebro
Jet2.com Belfast–International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh,[8] Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Laudamotion Seasonal: Berlin–Tegel (ends 30 March 2019),[9] Düsseldorf
Lufthansa Seasonal: Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Neos Bologna, Milan–Malpensa Rome–Fiumicino, Verona
Norwegian Air Shuttle Stockholm–Arlanda,[10] London–Gatwick, Oslo–Gardermoen
Novair Billund, Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda, Helsinki-Vantaa
Seasonal: Gothenburg, Karlstad, Malmö, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Växjö
Privilege Style Lisbon, Porto
Ryanair Barcelona, Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld, Berlin–Tegel, Birmingham, Bremen, Charleroi, Dublin, Düsseldorf, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Madrid, Manchester, Pisa, Prestwick, Shannon, Seville, Warsaw-Modlin, Weeze
Seasonal: London–Luton
Scandinavian Airlines Billund, Copenhagen, Luleå, Stockholm–Arlanda
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Riga
Smartlynx Airlines Estonia Seasonal charter: Tallinn[11]
SmartWings Prague
Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin
Sundair Seasonal charter: Berlin-Tegel,[12] Kassel[13]
SunExpress Deutschland Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle, Nuremberg, Munich, Paderborn/Lippstadt, Stuttgart
Thomas Cook Airlines Birmingham, East Midlands, London–Gatwick, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal: Aberdeen, Belfast–International, Bristol, Glasgow
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Stockholm–Arlanda
Transavia Amsterdam
Travel Service Brno, Ostrava, Prague, Vilnius ( begins 24 December 2018 )
Travel Service Polska Seasonal charter: Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Łódź, Lublin, Poznań, Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław
TUI Airways Birmingham, East Midlands, London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Bristol, London–Luton, London–Stansted
TUI fly Belgium Brussels, Lille, Lyon, Nantes, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Strasbourg, Toulouse
TUI fly Deutschland Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin–Tegel,[14] Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Nuremberg, Munich, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Stockholm–Arlanda
Volotea Bordeaux, Marseille (begins 23 December 2018), Nantes, Toulouse
Vueling Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bilbao, Málaga, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Santiago de Compostela, Rome–Fiumicino, Sevilla
White Airways Lisbon, Lyon, Nantes, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Porto
Wizz Air Budapest ( ends 24 March 2019 )[15]


Fuerteventura Airport Passenger Totals 2000-2016 (millions)
Updated: 16 January 2015. 2016 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
Source: Aena Statistics[1]


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  2. ^ "Spanish AIP (AENA)". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  3. ^ "EAD Basic - Error Page". www.ead.eurocontrol.int. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Fuerteventura Airport Guide". Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  5. ^ http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Fuerteventura/en/Page/1048858925027/
  6. ^ https://press.brusselsairlines.com/partnership-neckermann--thomas-cook-and-brussels-airlines-gives-belgian-holidaymakers-more-choice-more-flexibility-and-more-certainty-as-from-28-october
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  8. ^ "Cheap Flights - Find & Book Cheap Flights Online - Jet2.com". www.jet2.com. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Ryanair to swap German bases with LaudaMotion". ch-aviation.com. 20 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Norwegian lanserar nya linjer till Madeira och Fuerteventura från Stockholm samt utökar antalet avgångar till Marrakech och Tel Aviv" (in Swedish). MyNewsdesk. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  11. ^ http://www.smartlynx.aero/passengers/my-flight
  12. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/280864/sundair-plans-new-routes-in-w18/
  13. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/280864/sundair-plans-new-routes-in-w18/
  14. ^ TUIfly begin service to Fuerteventura from November 2017
  15. ^ "Wizz Air announces two new routes". Retrieved 4 May 2017.

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