Valencia Airport

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Valencia Airport

Aeropuerto de Valencia
Aeroport de València
Aena Valencia.svg
Valencia Airport Terminal.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerENAIRE
OperatorAena
ServesValencia, Spain
LocationManises
Hub for
Elevation AMSL73 m / 240 ft
Coordinates39°29′22″N 00°28′54″W / 39.48944°N 0.48167°W / 39.48944; -0.48167Coordinates: 39°29′22″N 00°28′54″W / 39.48944°N 0.48167°W / 39.48944; -0.48167
Websiteaena.es
Map
VLC is located in Spain
VLC
VLC
Location within Spain
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 3,215 10,548 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passengers8,539,403
Passengers change 18-19Increase9.9%
Movements77,699
Movements change 18-19Increase2.9%
Cargo (t)14,515
Sources: Passenger Traffic, AENA[1]
Spanish AIP, AENA[2]

Valencia Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto de Valencia, Valencian: Aeroport de València) (IATA: VLC, ICAO: LEVC), also known as Manises Airport, is the tenth-busiest Spanish airport in terms of passengers[3] and second in the region after Alicante. It is situated 8 km (5.0 mi) west[2] of the city of Valencia, in Manises. The airport has flight connections to about 20 European countries and 8.53 million passengers passed through the airport in 2019.[1]

History[edit]

The airport is the main base of Iberia's regional carrier Air Nostrum. Irish low-cost airline Ryanair used the airport as a hub since 2007 but decided to close it in November 2008 following a dispute over subsidies by the airport authorities.[4] Since then the airline has continued to operate out of Valencia but as a relatively large destination airport, and not a base.

Valencia's first transatlantic flight, a Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 from New York City's JFK Airport, landed in June 2009.[5][6] The route operated every summer until Delta announced in late 2012 that it would withdraw from the Spanish city the following year; the airline attributed its decision to the flight's poor financial performance and to rising fuel costs.[7]

Facilities[edit]

Airside area near gates 1-4
Exterior of the regional terminal annex
Airside area near gates 12-22
Control tower

Terminal[edit]

Valencia Airport consists of a single terminal that has been built in three stages which are directly connected to each other. The landside hall consists of three check-in areas: 1-12 is the newest one with the airport station beneath it, 13-42 is the oldest main building with a currently derelict upper floor, 43-56 is the largest annex housing most airlines. A single central security area leads to the airside with gates 1-22, with gates 1-4 being the newest area designated for non-Schengen flights. Gates 12-22 are located in a separate hall designated as a regional terminal that opened in time for the 2007 America's Cup which allows walk-boarding, mainly for flights by Iberia Regional and low-cost carriers. Some of the gates are equipped with jet bridges. The airside area features several food outlets and shops, however Starbucks and Burger King have been closed for good in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Runway and apron[edit]

The sole operational runway has been also lengthened by 50 m (160 ft) by 2007. The former runway 04/22 is not in use and has no ILS but has a helipad at the southwestern end.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
AeroflotMoscow–Sheremetyevo
Air AlgérieSeasonal: Algiers
Air Arabia Maroc Tangier[8]
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga[9]
Air EuropaMadrid, Palma de Mallorca
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle[10]
Air Serbia Belgrade (begins 21 April 2022)[11]
AnimawingsSeasonal: Bucharest[12]
Blue AirBucharest
Seasonal: Cluj-Napoca (begins 21 June 2022)[13]
British AirwaysLondon–Heathrow
Brussels AirlinesSeasonal: Brussels[14]
easyJetBerlin, London–Gatwick
Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
EurowingsDüsseldorf, Hamburg,[15] Stuttgart
Seasonal: Prague (begins 31 March 2022)[16]
Iberia RegionalBarcelona, Bilbao, Ibiza, Madrid, Málaga, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Seville
Seasonal: Asturias, Badajoz,[17] Fuerteventura, Granada, Gran Canaria, Jerez de la Frontera, Lanzarote, Nice (Begins 23 June 2022), Santander, Tenerife–North, Vigo
KLMAmsterdam
LufthansaFrankfurt, Munich
LuxairSeasonal: Luxembourg[18]
Royal Air MarocCasablanca
RyanairAgadir (begins 28 March 2022),[19] Bari, Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin, Bologna, Bristol, Brussels, Budapest, Cagliari, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, Edinburgh (resumes 29 March 2022),[20] Eindhoven, Fez, Frankfurt (ends 26 March 2022),[21] Fuerteventura, Gdańsk, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden,[22] Kraków, Kyiv–Boryspil, Lanzarote, Lisbon, London–Stansted, Málaga, Manchester, Marrakech, Marseille, Menorca, Milan–Malpensa, Nantes, Naples, Nuremberg (begins 31 March 2022),[23] Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, Porto, Rome–Ciampino (ends 26 March 2022), Rome–Fiumicino (begins 27 March 2022),[24] Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Tenerife–North, Tenerife–South, Toulouse,[22] Treviso, Trieste, Turin, Vienna, Warsaw–Modlin (ends 24 March 2022)
Seasonal: East Midlands, Hamburg, Malta
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Oslo
SkyUpLviv (begins 22 April 2022)[25]
Smartwings Prague
Swiss International Air LinesGeneva, Zürich
TAP Air PortugalLisbon
TransaviaAmsterdam, Eindhoven, Paris–Orly, Rotterdam/The Hague
Seasonal: Lyon[26]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul
VoloteaAsturias
Seasonal: A Coruña (begins 8 April 2022), Bilbao,[27] Lyon, Menorca,[27] Nantes
Vueling Algiers, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bilbao, Brussels, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Lisbon, London–Gatwick,[28] Palma de Mallorca, Paris–Orly, Rome–Fiumicino, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Tenerife–North
Seasonal: A Coruña,[29] Ibiza, Menorca
Wizz AirBucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Lviv (begins 1 July 2022),[30] Sofia, Timişoara, Vienna

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
UPS Airlines[31] Cologne/Bonn
Swiftair[32] Ibiza, Madrid

Statistics[edit]

Annual passenger traffic at VLC airport. See source Wikidata query.

Ground transport[edit]

Road[edit]

Valencia airport is situated adjacent to the Autovía A-3 highway which connects Valencia with Madrid and is also close to the Autovía A-7 coastal route to Barcelona. It is connected to the city of Valencia by a regular bus line operated by Fernanbus which takes between 30 and 35 minutes[33] and passes through Mislata, Quart de Poblet and Manises.

Rail[edit]

The metro network Metrovalencia with lines 3 and 5 on the airport station connect the airport to the city centre (15 minutes), the main Railway Station of the city Estació del Nord (20 minutes) and the port of Valencia (30 minutes).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Estadsticas – Aeropuertos Espaoles y Navegacin Area – aena-aeropuertos.es". Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b Spanish AIP (AENA) Archived 2012-03-07 at the Wayback Machine[1][2] Archived 2017-01-16 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Aena airport statistics 2016" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Welcome to Ryanair!". Ryanair.com. Archived from the original on 30 September 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  5. ^ Ricós, F (7 June 2009). "Valencia estrena el vuelo sin escalas a Nueva York". Las Provincias (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Línea aérea directa entre Valencia y Nueva York". El País (in Spanish). 6 June 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Delta Airlines suprime los vuelos entre Valencia y Nueva York durante el próximo año". Las Provincias (in Spanish). 18 October 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  8. ^ "New flights between Valencia and Tangier (Morocco) from March 2021". airarabia.com. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  9. ^ "AirBaltic adds new flights – total of 96 routes in 2021".
  10. ^ Liu, Jim. "Air France S20 Spain/Portugal network additions". Routesonline. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  11. ^ https://www.exyuaviation.com/2022/01/air-serbia-eyes-summer-expansion.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "New route: Bucharest - Valencia with Animawings from June 2021". boardingpass.ro. 25 February 2021.
  13. ^ https://boardingpass.ro/blue-air-anunta-noua-rute-noi-din-bucuresti-iasi-si-cluj-napoca-din-2022/
  14. ^ "Brussels Airlines launches its holiday offer for summer 2021". press.brusselsairlines.com. 26 December 2020.
  15. ^ Liu, Jim. "Eurowings S20 Short-Haul network additions as of 18OCT19". Routesonline. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  16. ^ https://www.aviation24.be/airports/prague-airport-prg/eurowings-expands-in-prague-with-new-summer-destinations-for-2022/
  17. ^ Liu, Jim. "Iberia W19 Valencia limited-time network additions". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  18. ^ "Luxair adds Valencia, another new summer route". 23 June 2020.
  19. ^ "Ryanair".
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  21. ^ "Ryanair gibt Basis in Frankfurt auf".
  22. ^ a b "Ryanair".
  23. ^ https://corporate.ryanair.com/news/ryanair-delivers-tourism-recovery-at-nuremberg-airport/?market=en
  24. ^ https://italiavola.com/2021/11/25/ryanair-annuncia-loperativo-piu-ampio-di-sempre-su-roma-con-8-nuove-rotte-per-lestate-2022/
  25. ^ "New European discoveries: SkyUp opens sales for the next season from Kharkiv, Lviv, and Zaporizhzhia". skyup.aero. 17 December 2021.
  26. ^ "News for Airlines, Airports and the Aviation Industry | CAPA".
  27. ^ a b Liu, Jim. "Volotea outlines post-COVID 19 network expansion in S20". Routesonline. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  28. ^ "Vueling instala un tercer avión en València y lanzará una nueva ruta a Londres". 19 December 2019.
  29. ^ "Vueling elimina de Alvedro la ruta a Valencia en invierno tras duplicarla en Santiago este verano". Retrieved 3 September 2021.
  30. ^ "WIZZ Air Ltd". Archived from the original on 2003-12-04.
  31. ^ airlineroutemaps.com - UPS United Parcel Service retrieved 18 July 2020
  32. ^ "Swiftair cargo routes". 21 June 2020.
  33. ^ fernanbus. "LÍNEA 150". Fernanbús (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021-03-01.

External links[edit]

Media related to Valencia Airport at Wikimedia Commons