San Pablo Airport
Aeropuerto de Sevilla
|IATA: SVQ – ICAO: LEZL|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||34 m / 112 ft|
Seville Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto de Sevilla) (IATA: SVQ, ICAO: LEZL) is the international airport serving Seville in southern Spain, and other neighbouring provinces. It is the twelfth largest airport in Spain, handling 3.7 million passengers in 2013. The airport serves as base for the low cost carriers Vueling and Ryanair.
The airport was formerly at the Tablada Aerodrome, a military airfield. Now it is located approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) east of downtown Seville, and some 110 kilometres (68 mi) north-east of Costa de la Luz.
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In 1914, the first plane flying between the peninsula and Morocco landed at the improvised aerodrome of Tablada, which had been fitted out the previous year for an air festival. Following this, the municipal government of Seville handed over a plot of land measuring 240,000 m2 (2,600,000 sq ft) to the Military Aeronautical Society for the construction of an aerodrome. Work on the aerodrome began in 1915 and that same year it began to be used for training pilots and observers.
In 1919 the first commercial flights were operated between Seville and Madrid. The following year, an air postal service was established between Seville and Larache and in 1921, the first Spanish commercial service between Seville and Larache was set up. In 1923, various facilities such as hangars, workshops and premises were opened and approval was given for the construction of a municipal airport in Tablada at one end of the military aerodrome airfield, measuring 750 by 500 m (2,460 by 1,640 ft).
In April 1927, Unión Aérea Española established the air service Madrid-Seville-Lisbon. In February 1929, the Seville airport project was approved and in March, the Tablada aerodrome was opened to flights and air traffic. It was decided that this service would cease once the planned airport was constructed.
In 1929 the first flight was operated between Madrid and Seville and in 1930, this was extended to the Canary Islands. In February 1931, the service between Berlin and Barcelona was extended to Seville. In December 1933, the LAPE airline began a service between Seville and the Canary Islands.
During the Spanish civil war, Seville became the arrival point for African troops, whilst Iberia served air transport with flights between Tetuán-Seville-Vitoria, Seville-Salamanca and Seville-Larache-Las Palmas.
In September 1945, works began on the Seville transoceanic airport, with the construction of runways 05/23, 02/20 and 09/27. One year later, it was classified as a customs point and runways 05/23 and 02/20 were asphalted. In 1948, a goniometer was installed, the runway lighting was completed, and the runways became known as 04/22, 18/36 and 09/27. In 1956, runway 09/27 was extended and runway 18/36 became a taxiway.
In 1957, works were carried out on the terminal building and the control tower. Seville Airport was then included in the Hispanic American Agreement for the installation of a supplies base. The facilities were developed near the threshold of 04, rendering the runway out of service.
In 1965 an Instrument Landing System was installed. Between 1971 and 1975, the terminal area was renovated, the apron was extended, a new terminal building was constructed and new access roads were developed.
In 1989, with a focus on the Seville Expo '92, the apron was extended, and a new access from the national motorway N-IV was opened; a new terminal building and a new control tower to the south of the runway were also built. On 31 July, the new installations were inaugurated.
Airlines and destinations
- Top 10 international routes (2014)
|1||Paris–Orly||294.522||Vueling, Transavia France|
|4||London–Gatwick||115.064||British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair|
|5||Bergamo-Orio al Serio||112.742||Ryanair|
- Top 10 domestic routes (2014)
|1||Barcelona–El Prat||828.105||Vueling, Ryanair|
|3||Palma de Mallorca||244.171||Air Berlin, Air Europa, Ryanair, Vueling|
|4||Gran Canaria||177.977||Air Europa, Ryanair, Vueling|
|5||Tenerife–North||157.664||Air Europa, Vueling|
|9||Lanzarote||46.901||Air Europa, Air Nostrum, Ryanair, Vueling|
|10||Santiago de Compostela||45.096||Ryanair|
- Passenger traffic evolution (2005-2012)
|Year||Passengers (total)||Annual change (%)||Domestic passengers||Annual change (%)||International passengers||Annual change (%)|
- Cargo and flight movements evolution (2005-2012)
|Year||Flight movements||Annual change (%)||Cargo (kg)||Annual change (%)|
Urban Transport Line of Seville Airport Airport Express connects the bus station Plaza de Armas, in the center of the city with the airport. It has intermediate stops at strategic points of the city, including the AVE train station of Santa Justa. The whole trip takes approximately 50 minutes.
Incidents and accidents
- The 2015 Seville A400M crash took place near to the airport.
- Official airport website, in English
- Official airport website, in Spanish
- "Estadsticas - Aeropuertos Espaoles y Navegacin Area - aena-aeropuertos.es". aena.es.
- "Ryanair to open Seville base". examiner.ie.
- "Update as of 30JAN14: brussels airlines Planned New/Resumed Routes in S14". airlineroute.net.
- "Easyjet regains growth path in Spain". 02b.com. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
- "IBERIA Regional Adds New Seasonal Routes from Vigo in S15". airlineroute.net.
- COMKOM° GmbH, Germany. "With Lufthansa to Seville, Crete and Iceland next summer – Austrian Airlines launches flight service to Mauritius". lufthansagroup.com.
- Smartwings Adds Seasonal Funchal / Seville Service in S14 « Routesonline.com. Routesonline.com (31 January 2014).
Media related to San Pablo Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (English) (Spanish)
- Current weather for LEZL at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for SVQ at Aviation Safety Network