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Lanzarote Airport
Aeropuerto de Lanzarote
Airport type Public
Operator Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (Aena)
Location San Bartolomé, Las Palmas
Elevation AMSL 14 m / 47 ft
Coordinates 28°56′44″N 13°36′19″W / 28.94556°N 13.60528°W / 28.94556; -13.60528
ACE is located in Canary Islands
Location in the Canary Islands
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 2,400 7,874 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 5.883.039
Passenger change 13-14 Increase10.3%
Aircraft Movements 49,575
Movements change 13-14 Increase12%
Sources: AIP Spain,[1] AENA Passenger Traffic[2]

Lanzarote Airport (IATA: ACEICAO: GCRR) (Spanish: Aeropuerto de Lanzarote), also known as Arrecife Airport, is the airport serving the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. The airport is located in San Bartolomé, Las Palmas, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) southwest of the town of Arrecife.[1] It handles flights to many European airports, with hundreds of thousands of tourists each year, as well as internal flights to other Spanish airports, it handled 5,883,039 passengers in 2014.


Early years

In the 1930s a need for an aerodrome on the island became evident when connections were required with the other islands and the mainland, as well as a refuelling point for aircraft. Subsequently an airfield was built at Llanos de Guacimeta, the first aircraft to land at the airport was a Junkers Ju 52 EC-DAM on the 24 July 1941. The Spanish Air Force then saw a need for a permanent aerodrome for defence purposes, and this was constructed in Arrecife; in 1946 the airport provisionally accepted civil traffic. Improvements were carried out to the existing facilities, with a runway extension and additional ramp space provided.

A new passenger terminal was constructed along with a control centre, and on 3 March 1970 international and domestic flights began using the airport. A centrepiece of the Gaucimeta terminal was the mural created by Caesar Manrique entitled ‘Lanzarote’.

Development since the 1990s

The growing use of the airport called for the need of improved facilities. DME, ILS and VOR facilities were installed for Runway 03/21 along with additional holding points. New runway lighting and a fire station were also commissioned; in 1999 a new passenger terminal opened (Terminal 1), with a capacity of 6 million passengers per annum. Since then, the original passenger terminal has been revamped and is now used for inter-island flights (Terminal 2).

In 2002, in response to interest from both tourists and local people about the island's aviation heritage, Aena decided to use the Guacimeta passenger terminal as an aviation museum, the museum provides a comprehensive and detailed insight into the history of aviation on the island. There are a number of audio-visual presentations.

Airlines and destinations

Lanzarote Airport seen from the cockpit of an aircraft on approach
Terminal concourse
Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Cork, Dublin
Seasonal: Shannon
Air Europa Bilbao, Madrid, Santiago de Compostela
Seasonal: Barcelona[3]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Binter Canarias
operated by NAYSA
Gran Canaria, Tenerife-North
British Airways London-Gatwick
Brussels Airlines Brussels[4]
CanaryFly Gran Canaria, Tenerife-North
Condor Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn (begins 7 May 2018),[5] Manchester
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal charter: Amsterdam
easyJet Belfast-International, Bristol, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Milan-Malpensa[6]
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Hamburg, London-Southend
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Warsaw–Chopin
Eurowings Berlin-Tegel (begins 9 January 2018),[7] Düsseldorf
Finnair Helsinki
Germania Berlin-Tegel[8]

Bremen, Dresden, Erfurt/Weimar, Friedrichshafen, Münster/Osnabrück
Seasonal charter: Toulouse

Iberia Express Madrid Belfast International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Billund, Helsinki
Luxair Luxembourg
Neos Seasonal charter: Milan–Malpensa
Niki Vienna
Norwegian Air Shuttle London-Gatwick, Oslo-Gardermoen
Seasonal charter: Bergen
Novair Seasonal charter: Gothenburg, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Primera Air Billund, Copenhagen
Ryanair Barcelona, Beauvais, Belfast-International, Bergamo, Berlin-Schönefeld, Birmingham, Bologna, Bristol, Charleroi, Cork, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Frankfurt,[9] Glasgow, Hahn, Knock, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Madrid, Manchester, Prestwick, Rome-Fiumicino, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Shannon, Weeze
Seasonal: Valladolid, Zaragoza
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Bergen
operated by Travel Service
Seasonal: Brest
SunExpress Deutschland Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Nuremberg, Paderborn/Lippstadt, Stuttgart
Thomas Cook Airlines Belfast International, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Glasgow–International, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Charter: Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Transavia Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Groningen, Rotterdam
Travel Service Airlines Seasonal charter: Brest, Deauville, Katowice, Warsaw–Chopin
TUI Airways Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Exeter, Glasgow–International, London Gatwick, London Luton, Manchester, Newcastle
Seasonal: Belfast–International, Edinburgh, London–Stansted
TUI fly Belgium Brussels, Lyon, Metz-Nancy, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
TUI fly Deutschland Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Stuttgart, Eindhoven
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam, Eindhoven
TUI fly Nordic Charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg–Landvetter, Helsinki, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Vueling Barcelona, Bilbao, Málaga, Paris Orly, Rome, Seville, Zurich
Wizz Air Budapest, Katowice


Lanzarote Airport Passenger Totals 2000-2014 (millions)
Updated: 16 January 2015. 2014 data Provisional.[2]
Passengers Aircraft movements Cargo (tonnes)
2000 5,002,551 44,814 6,403
2001 5,079,790 43,368 7,134
2002 5,123,574 45,050 7,201
2003 5,383,426 47,667 7,492
2004 5,517,136 48,446 7,996
2005 5,467,499 47,158 6,629
2006 5,626,087 50,172 6,113
2007 5,625,580 52,968 5,784
2008 5,438,178 53,375 5,429
2009 4,701,669 42,915 4,146
2010 4,938,632 46,668 3,787
2011 5,543,744 49,675 2,873
2012[10] 5,168,775 44,787 2,108
2013[11] 5,334,599 44,259 2,081
2014[12] 5,883,039 49,575 2,050
Source: Aena Statistics[2]

See also


External links

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