Zaragoza Airport

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Zaragoza Airport
Aeropuerto de Zaragoza
Zaragoza Airport.jpg
Airport type Public and military
Operator Aena
Location Zaragoza, Spain
Elevation AMSL 263 m / 863 ft
Coordinates 41°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
ZAZ is located in Spain
Location within Spain
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12R/30L 3,718 12,200 Concrete
12L/30R 3,024 9,921 Asphalt

Zaragoza Airport (Aragonese and Spanish: Aeropuerto de Zaragoza; IATA: ZAZ, ICAO: LEZG) is an international airport near Zaragoza, 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 commercial airport, Zaragoza is the home of the Spanish Air Force 15th Group.


Airport diagram
AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter and a Chinook helicopter on the Airbase in Zaragoza during Trident Juncture 2015 (NATO training)

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]


Air Europa Palma de Mallorca
Seasonal: Lanzarote, Tenerife-South
Air NostrumSeasonal charter: Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Ryanair[1] Bergamo, Charleroi, London–Stansted
Seasonal: Beauvais, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca
Privilege StyleSeasonal charter: Tallinn[2]
VoloteaSeasonal: Ibiza, Menorca, Munich, Palma de Mallorca, Venice
VuelingPalma de Mallorca, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Ibiza
Wizz AirBucharest, Cluj-Napoca


AirBridgeCargo AirlinesMoscow–Sheremetyevo
Air China CargoAmsterdam, Shanghai–Pudong, Tianjin
ASL Airlines BelgiumLiège
Atlas Air Mexico City, Miami, Zhengzhou
CargoluxLuxembourg, Zhengzhou
China Cargo AirlinesAmsterdam, Shanghai–Pudong
Emirates SkyCargoAmsterdam, Dubai-Al Maktoum, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Quito
Ethiopian CargoBogotá, Guangzhou, Liège, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami
Korean Air Cargo Navoi, Seoul–Incheon, Vienna
Qatar Airways CargoBeirut, Chicago, Doha, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Mexico City, New York-JFK
Saudia CargoBahrain, Dammam, Riyadh


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.


Zaragoza Airport – Traffic Information
Year Passengers (change) Movements (change) Cargo tons (change)
2008 594,952 (+16.2%) 14,584 (-1.2%) 21,439 (+6.4%)
2009 528,313 (-11.2%) 12,746 (-12.6%) 36,936 (+72.3%)
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%)


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