Lanzarote Airport

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Lanzarote Airport
Aeropuerto de Lanzarote
Airport type Public
Operator Aena
Serves Lanzarote
Location San Bartolomé, Las Palmas
Elevation AMSL 14 m / 47 ft
Coordinates 28°56′44″N 13°36′19″W / 28.94556°N 13.60528°W / 28.94556; -13.60528
ACE is located in Canary Islands
Location in the Canary Islands
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 2,400 7,874 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 7,389,025
Passenger change 16-17 Increase10.5%
Aircraft Movements 59,476
Movements change 16-17 Increase8.9%
Sources: AIP Spain,[1] AENA Passenger Traffic[2]

Lanzarote Airport (IATA: ACE, ICAO: GCRR) (Spanish: Aeropuerto de Lanzarote), also known as Arrecife Airport, is the airport serving the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. The airport is located in San Bartolomé, Las Palmas, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) southwest of the town of Arrecife.[1] It handles flights to many European airports, with hundreds of thousands of tourists each year, as well as internal flights to other Spanish airports. It handled 7,389,025 passengers in 2017.


Early years[edit]

The first passenger terminal (1946-1970). Now Aeronautical Museum.

In the 1930s a need for an aerodrome on the island became evident when connections were required with the other islands and the mainland, as well as a refuelling point for aircraft. Subsequently, an airfield was built at Llanos de Guacimeta. The first aircraft to land at the airport was a Junkers Ju 52 EC-DAM on the 24 July 1941. The Spanish Air Force then saw a need for a permanent aerodrome for defence purposes, and this was constructed in Arrecife. In 1946 the airport provisionally accepted civil traffic. Improvements were carried out to the existing facilities, with a runway extension and additional ramp space provided.

A new passenger terminal was constructed along with a control centre, and on 3 March 1970 international and domestic flights began using the airport. A centrepiece of the Gaucimeta terminal was the mural created by Caesar Manrique entitled ‘Lanzarote’.

Development since the 1990s[edit]

The growing use of the airport called for the need of improved facilities. DME, ILS and VOR facilities were installed for Runway 03/21 along with additional holding points. New runway lighting and a fire station were also commissioned. In 1999 a new passenger terminal opened (Terminal 1), with a capacity of 6 million passengers per annum. Since then, the original passenger terminal has been revamped and is now used for inter-island flights (Terminal 2).

In 2002, in response to interest from both tourists and local people about the island's aviation heritage, Aena decided to use the Guacimeta passenger terminal as an aviation museum. The museum provides a comprehensive and detailed insight into the history of aviation on the island. There are a number of audio-visual presentations.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Lanzarote Airport seen from the cockpit of an aircraft on approach
Terminal concourse
Aer Lingus Cork, Dublin
Seasonal: Shannon
Air Europa Bilbao, Madrid, Santiago de Compostela
Seasonal: Barcelona[3]
Air Europa Express Gran Canaria[4]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria, Tenerife-North
British Airways London–Gatwick
Brussels Airlines Brussels[5]
CanaryFly Gran Canaria, Tenerife-North
Condor Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn (ends 29 October 2018)[6]
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal charter: Amsterdam
Danish Air Transport Seasonal charter: Copenhagen[7]
easyJet Belfast–International, Bristol, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Manchester (begins 7 November 2018),[8] Milan–Malpensa[9]
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Hamburg, London–Southend
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Warsaw–Chopin[10]
Eurowings Berlin–Tegel,[11] Düsseldorf
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Germania Berlin–Tegel[12], Bremen, Dresden, Erfurt/Weimar, Friedrichshafen, Münster/Osnabrück
Seasonal charter: Toulouse
Iberia Express Madrid Belfast International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Copenhagen[13]
Laudamotion Seasonal: Düsseldorf
Luxair Luxembourg
Neos Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa
Norwegian Air Shuttle London–Gatwick, Oslo–Gardermoen
Seasonal charter: Bergen[14]
Novair Seasonal charter: Oslo–Gardermoen,[15] Stockholm–Arlanda[16]
Ryanair Barcelona, Beauvais, Belfast–International, Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld, Birmingham, Bologna, Bristol, Charleroi, Cork, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Frankfurt,[17] Glasgow (ends 27 October 2018)[18], Hahn, Knock, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Madrid, Manchester, Prestwick, Rome–Fiumicino, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Shannon, Weeze
Seasonal: Santander,[19] Valladolid, Zaragoza
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Bergen
SmartWings Prague
Seasonal: Brest, Lille (begins 9 November 2018),[20] Lyon (begins 10 November 2018),[20] Nantes (begins 10 November 2018)[20]
SunExpress Deutschland Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Nuremberg, Paderborn/Lippstadt, Stuttgart
Thomas Cook Airlines Belfast International, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Glasgow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Transavia Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam
Seasonal: Groningen
Travel Service Polska Seasonal charter: Katowice,[21] Warsaw–Chopin[10]
TUI Airways Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Exeter, London Gatwick, London Luton, Manchester, Newcastle
Seasonal: Belfast–International, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London–Stansted
Seasonal charter: Gothenburg[22]
TUI fly Belgium Brussels[23]
TUI fly Deutschland Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Stuttgart, Eindhoven
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam, Eindhoven
Seasonal: Rotterdam[24][25][26]
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Helsinki,[27] Malmö,[22] Oslo–Gardermoen,[14] Stockholm–Arlanda[22]
Volotea Seasonal: Bordeaux, Marseille (both begin 22 December 2018)[28]
Vueling Barcelona, Bilbao, Málaga, Paris Orly, Rome, Seville, Zurich

Ground transportation[edit]

There are four bus lines connecting Lanzarote Airport with the rest of the island. The airport is connected via bus lines 22 and 23 to the city of Arrecife, and via lines 161 and 261 to Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen.[29]


Lanzarote Airport Passenger Totals 2000-2014 (millions)
Updated: 16 January 2015. 2014 data Provisional.[30]
Passengers Aircraft movements Cargo (tonnes)
2000 5,002,551 44,814 6,403
2001 5,079,790 43,368 7,134
2002 5,123,574 45,050 7,201
2003 5,383,426 47,667 7,492
2004 5,517,136 48,446 7,996
2005 5,467,499 47,158 6,629
2006 5,626,087 50,172 6,113
2007 5,625,580 52,968 5,784
2008 5,438,178 53,375 5,429
2009 4,701,669 42,915 4,146
2010 4,938,632 46,668 3,787
2011 5,543,744 49,675 2,873
2012[31] 5,168,775 44,787 2,108
2013[32] 5,334,599 44,259 2,081
2014[33] 5,883,039 49,575 2,050
Source: Aena Statistics[30]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Lanzarote Aerodrome fact sheet". AIP Spain. 18 October 2012. Archived from the original on 7 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Tráfico de pasajeros, operaciones y carga en los aeropuertos españoles" [Statistics for passenger, freight and operations in Spanish airports] (PDF) (in Spanish). AENA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 October 2018.
  3. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Air Europa adds Barcelona – Lanzarote in 3Q17".
  4. ^ "Iniciamos los vuelos interislas Canarias".
  5. ^ "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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  7. ^ "Flight". Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  8. ^ "New routes from the UK".
  9. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "easyJet Adds New Italian Routes in S16".
  10. ^ a b "Charter flights". Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  11. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Eurowings scales back Berlin expansion in 1Q18".
  12. ^ "Germania - Book cheap flights -".
  13. ^ "Only Flight".
  14. ^ a b "Only Flight".
  15. ^ "Flight". Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Flight". Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  17. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Ryanair W17 new routes as of 05MAR17".
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  20. ^ a b c 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Smartwings plans new Lanzarote routes from France in W18".
  21. ^ "air and charter tickets". Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  22. ^ a b c "Only Flight".
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  27. ^ "Only Flight".
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  29. ^ "Lanzarote Airport -". Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  30. ^ a b "Tráfico de pasajeros, operaciones y carga en los aeropuertos españoles" [Statistics for passenger, freight and operations in Spanish airports] (PDF) (in Spanish). AENA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 October 2018.
  31. ^ "Tráfico de pasajeros, operaciones y carga en los aeropuertos españoles (2012)" (PDF) (in Spanish). Aena. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 January 2015.
  32. ^ "Tráfico de pasajeros, operaciones y carga en los aeropuertos españoles (2013)" (PDF) (in Spanish). Aena. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 January 2015.
  33. ^ "Tráfico de pasajeros, operaciones y carga en los aeropuertos españoles (2014)" (PDF) (in Spanish). Aena. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 January 2015.

External links[edit]

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