Zaragoza Airport

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Zaragoza Airport

Aeropuerto de Zaragoza
Aena Zaragoza.svg
Zaragoza Airport.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic and military
OwnerENAIRE
OperatorAena
LocationZaragoza, Aragón, Spain
Elevation AMSL263 m / 863 ft
Coordinates41°39′58″N 01°02′30″W / 41.66611°N 1.04167°W / 41.66611; -1.04167Coordinates: 41°39′58″N 01°02′30″W / 41.66611°N 1.04167°W / 41.66611; -1.04167
Websiteaena-aeropuertos.es
Map
ZAZ is located in Spain
ZAZ
ZAZ
Location within Spain
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12R/30L 3,718 12,200 Concrete
12L/30R 3,024 9,921 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passengers467,774
Passengers change 18-19Decrease 4.4%
Movements10,797
Movements change 18-19Increase 10.7%
Cargo (t)182,659
Cargo change 18-19Increase 9.5%
Sources: AENA [1]

Zaragoza Airport (Aragonese and Spanish: Aeropuerto de Zaragoza; IATA: ZAZ, ICAO: LEZG) is an international airport near Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain. It is located 16 km (9.9 miles) west of Zaragoza, 270 km (170 miles) west of Barcelona, and 262 km (163 miles) northeast of Madrid. In addition to serving as a major cargo airport it is also a commercial airport and the home of the Spanish Air Force 15th Group.

History[edit]

Aerial view
Airport diagram

During the Cold War, the United States Air Force used the facility as Zaragoza Air Base.

The construction work on Zaragoza Airport began in September 1954 with the enlargement and improvement of the existing Spanish Air Force Base located there. United States Navy engineers upgraded the facility for temporary or intermediate use as a war standby base. The first U.S. construction project included strengthening the existing 3,024 m (9,921 ft) runway and adding 304 m (1,000 ft) overruns at each end. Work on a new concrete runway, 61 by 3,718 metres (200 ft × 12,200 ft), with 61 m (200 ft) overruns at each end, began in 1956 and was completed in 1958.

Zaragoza was one of three major USAF Cold War airbases in Spain, the others being Torrejón Air Base near Madrid and Morón Air Base near Seville.

The airport was also used by NASA as a contingency landing site for the Space Shuttle in the case of a Transoceanic Abort Landing (TAL). Zaragoza was chosen as a NASA Space Shuttle TAL site due to its long runway, which needs be longer than 7,500 feet, and its pleasant weather. The base also has a military-grade navigation system called a TACAN—"Tactical Air Navigation"—that can adapt to the special guidance devices NASA used with its shuttles.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Air Europa Palma de Mallorca
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria, Tenerife–North (begins 27 October 2020)[1]
Ryanair Bergamo, Charleroi, Lisbon,[2] London–Stansted, Santiago de Compostela (begins 3 August 2020),[3] Vienna (begins 26 October 2020)[4]
Volotea Seasonal: Ibiza,[5] Menorca, Palma de Mallorca[5]
Vueling Ibiza,[6] Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife–North
Wizz Air Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
AirBridgeCargo[7]Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air China Cargo[8]Amsterdam, Shanghai–Pudong, Tianjin
ASL Airlines Belgium[9]Liège
Atlas Air[10] Istanbul, Mexico City, Miami, Tel Aviv, Zhengzhou
Cargolux[11]Luxembourg
China Cargo Airlines[12]Amsterdam, Shanghai–Pudong
Emirates SkyCargo[13] Dubai-Al Maktoum, Mexico City, Quito
Ethiopian Cargo[14]Bogotá, Guangzhou, Liège, Mexico City, Miami
Qatar Airways Cargo[15]Beirut, Chicago, Dhaka, Doha, Houston, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Mexico City, New York-JFK, Quito
Saudia Cargo[16]Dammam, Riyadh

Statistics[edit]

Zaragoza Airport – Traffic Information
Year Passengers (change) Movements (change) Cargo tons (change)
2010 605,912 (+14.7%) 12,711 (-0.3%) 42,545 (+15.3%)
2011 751,097 (+24.0%) 11,970 (-5.9%) 48,609 (+14.3%)
2012 551,406 (-26.6%) 9,268 (-22.6%) 71,094 (+46.1%)
2013 457,284 (-17.1%) 7,597 (-18.3%) 71,661 (+0.7%)
2014 418,576 (-8.5%) 7,039 (-7.3%) 86,311 (+20.4%)
2015 423,873 (+1.3%) 7,050 (+0.1%) 85,741 (-0.8%)
2016 419,529 (-1.0%) 7,269 (+3.1%) 110,564 (+29.0%)
2017 438,035 (+4.4%) 7,965 (+9.6%) 142,185 (+29.1%)
2018 489,064 (+11.6%) 8,991 (+12.9%) 166,834 (+17.3%)
2019 467,774 (-4.4%) 8,770 (-2.5%) 182,659 (+9.5%)

Access[edit]

Currently, the airport is connected to the city center by a bus line (501), which goes from the Puerta del Carmen square, downtown, to the airport, also stopping at the city's main railway station: Zaragoza-Delicias. The station is an important hub for long-distance trains, AVE high-speed trains and the commuter line of Cercanías Zaragoza, which takes passengers underground through the city and overground in the metropolitan area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://twitter.com/BinterCanarias/status/1230092231094276096
  2. ^ https://corporate.ryanair.com/novedades/ryanair-anuncia-una-nueva-ruta-entre-zaragoza-y-lisboa/?market=es
  3. ^ https://www.europapress.es/galicia/noticia-ryanair-anuncia-dos-nuevas-rutas-zaragoza-roma-santiago-20200206135619.html
  4. ^ Liu, Jim. "Ryanair / Laudamotion S20 network consolidation as of 18JUN20". Routesonline. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b Liu, Jim. "Volotea outlines post-COVID 19 network expansion in S20". Routesonline. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  6. ^ https://www.diariodeibiza.es/pitiuses-balears/2020/06/21/vueling-abrira-trece-rutas-eivissa/1150664.html
  7. ^ https://www.airbridgecargo.com/en/page/29/our-network
  8. ^ http://www.airchinacargo.com/en/index.php?section=0-0149-0152-0169
  9. ^ https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/3v4417
  10. ^ https://jumpseat.atlasair.com/travel/schedule.asp
  11. ^ https://www.cargolux.com/network-offices/network-offices
  12. ^ https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/ck218
  13. ^ https://www.skycargo.com/network/air/
  14. ^ https://cargo.ethiopianairlines.com/CargoNetwork
  15. ^ http://www.qrcargo.com/docs/03.%20Winter%2019%20Freighter%20Schedule%20Issue%203.pdf
  16. ^ https://www.saudiacargo.com/getattachment/11320188-7528-4614-b8da-a795f13d2791/Winter-2019-2020-Schedule-(01-NOV-19-29-MAR-20).aspx

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