Vigo–Peinador Airport

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Vigo Airport
Aeropuerto de Vigo
Aeroporto de Vigo
Aeropuerto de Vigo, foto aerea.jpg
Airport type Civil
Owner/Operator AENA
Serves Vigo, Spain
Location Vigo, Spain
Elevation AMSL 261 m / 855 ft
Coordinates 42°13′45″N 008°37′39″W / 42.22917°N 8.62750°W / 42.22917; -8.62750
VGO is located in Galicia
Location of airport in Galicia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 2,400 7,874 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 954,006
Passengers change 15-16 Increase33.7%
Movements 11,557
Movements change 15-16 Increase20.6%
Source: Spanish AIP at EUROCONTROL, Aena[1]

Vigo Airport (IATA: VGOICAO: LEVX) is 8 km (5.0 mi) east[1] from the centre of Vigo, and is situated in the municipalities of Redondela, Vigo and Mos, Spain.


By 1927 the Spanish Government became aware of the necessity of having a customs airport in Galicia, and as a first step the harbour of Vigo was conditioned for hidroaviation in March 1929 and at the same time a "maritime airport" was built and started operations at nearby Cesantes beach; meanwhile the construction of a larger inland airport at Peinador was initiated.

After years of bureaucratic struggle and negotiations from the City Hall of Vigo, the then called Ministerio del Aire fully assumed the construction, restarted in 1947 and completed in 1952. Operations started on 20 April 1954 with a 1,500-meter runway, with Iberia flying a regular route to/from Madrid with Douglas DC-3 aircraft. After a few months Iberia handed the route to Aviaco.

The 1970s increment of traffic led to a further development plan, including the construction in 1973 of a new control tower, a new passenger terminal in 1974, in 1975 an independent power plant and in 1976 the apron space and parking places were both increased and taxiways widened. A few years after the runway was lengthened so DC-9 series aircraft were able to use the airport. As a result, in November 1981 the airport had its first international flight to Paris–Charles de Gaulle Airport.

To adapt the Vigo airport to the future air traffic demands, Aena published an airport development project. In late May 2007, the Board of Aena awarded the construction of the "Vehicle Parking Building, Construction and Technical Block Vigo airport, Dragados SA for an amount of 38,266,145 euros and an execution period of 28 months.

After meeting in the summer of 2008 that would expand the airport terminal Vigo, and after more than a year of delays and conflicting information and would eventually expand the terminal, 24 February 2010, the Board of Directors approved at its meeting Aena the tendering of the works to expand the terminal with a budget of 59,393,578.76 euros. With this performance, the proposed work includes an extension and total refurbishment of the existing terminal building, which will rise from the current area of 8,200 square meters with a total area of 19,400. In addition, this extension will enable Peinador has a capacity of four million users.

In 2010, 1.093.571 passengers and 901 tonnes of goods passed through the airport.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Europa Madrid
Iberia Madrid
operated by Air Nostrum
Seasonal: Alicante, Gran Canaria, London–Luton, Menorca, Málaga, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Fiumicino, Seville, Valencia
Iberia Express Seasonal: Tenerife-North
Ryanair Barcelona
Seasonal: Bergamo, Bologna, Dublin, Edinburgh
TAP Express
operated by White Airways
Vueling Barcelona

Ground transportation[edit]

Inside the terminal

Vigo Airport is connected to Galicia and North Portugal by different transportation networks.


Vigo-Urzáiz railway station is connected to the airport directly by bus line 9A every 30 minutes at Urzaiz (Muro estación) switch (journey time from the airport to Vigo-Urzaiz railway station: 25 minutes). It provides high speed connectivity to Pontevedra, Vilagarcía de Arousa, Santiago de Compostela and A Coruña. Vigo-Guixar railway station is connected to the airport by bus lines 8, 16 and 24 in connection with bus line 9A at Urzáiz 13 switch. It provides connectivity to Porto, Pontevedra, Vilagarcía de Arousa, Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Madrid, Ourense, León, Ponferrada, Zamora, Redondela, Arcade (es), Padrón and Ordes. Optionally, direct line 9A from maritime station is close enough, getting off at García Barbón, 16 switch (15 minutes walking approximately).


Vigo bus station is connected to the airport by Vitrasa bus lines 4C and 23 in connection with line 9A at Travesia de Vigo 7 switch (journey time from the airport to Travesia de Vigo, 7 switch: 22 minutes). It provides connectivity to the rest of metropolitan area, Galicia, Portugal and several Spanish cities as Salamanca, Oviedo, Madrid, Bilbao, Pamplona, Zaragoza or Barcelona. Urban transit service Vitrasa connects the airport with the city center with the line 9A every 30 minutes.


A close access exists from AP-9 motorway near Puxeiros road junction, connecting to the downtown, the rest of Galicia and Portugal. Travel time to the city center is around 15 minutes.

Catchment area[edit]

Vigo airport catchment area

Vigo airport is located in the center of the Galicia–North Portugal Euroregion. This situation together with the fact of being a well communicated airport provides it the largest catchment area of Galician airports for all isochronous, being the second one in the euroregion after Porto airport. [2][3][4] Besides the city of Vigo, the airport catchment area includes some touristic destinations like Rías Baixas, North Portugal and Santiago de Compostela.

30 min 60 min 90 min 120 min
528,938 1,100,385 3,885,134 5,738,220


External links[edit]

Media related to Vigo–Peinador Airport at Wikimedia Commons