Popular airports in Spain

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If you are planning on taking a trip to Europe, then you’ll want to check out our guide to Spanish airports. Once you know where you’ll be staying in the beautiful country and have booked your flights to Spain, you can choose an airport to land at based on your need. Here are some of the most popular Spanish airports.

San Pablo Airport (airport code SVQ)

San Pablo Airport in Seville offers a functional, no-nonsense airport. Visitors can head from the airport directly into the stunning city of Andalusia. The famous Costa del Sol beaches are also by the airport. With over 4.5 million visitors each year, this Spanish airport is considered to be one of the most pleasant and enjoyable airports in the country.

Many airlines offer flights to San Pablo Airport, including budget airlines like EasyJet and Ryanair. San Pablo airport also makes a great connecting point to flights across Europe and Africa. Be sure to book your flights early as prices can quickly rise between May and August.

Madrid Barajas Airport (airport code MAD)

Some 49 million people come through Madrid Barajas Airport each year, making it the main airport in Spain. With a convenient location by the city center, this airport can be accessed easily by road and rail.

Flights to the airport come from around the world. Madrid Barajas Airport works as the hub connecting Europe and Latin America, so there is an emphasis on speed, efficiency, and comfort here. The latest technology ensures a smooth and pleasant journey.

One way that Madrid Barajas Airport stands out is that they carefully monitor their impact on the environment. The airport is run in accordance with Aena Aerouertos’ environmental quality policy. The airport sticks within regulations at all times, and employees, users, and companies alike participate in awareness campaigns that look at how the airport affects the local – and global – environment. Barajas Airport is as eco-friendly as it is efficient.

Malaga Airport (airport code AGP)

Malaga Airport is among the busiest Spanish airports, and the main tourist hub for the Costa del Sol. The airport is around 5 miles away from Malaga city itself, and around 3 miles from Torremolinos. Over 12 million passengers come through Malaga Airport each year, with the summer being the busiest time.

Malaga Airport has three terminals. The different airlines have their own check-in desks at the terminals, but all flights are conducted from Terminal 3, which opened up in 2010. Terminal 3 is over twice the size of Terminal 2 and includes several facilities and amenities, including a food hall.

Barcelona International Airport (airport code BCN)

Barcelona International Airport is more commonly known as El Prat Airport. It’s around 8 miles out of Barcelona and is the second-largest airport in the country. This airport is a fantastic airport for starting your Spanish getaway, considering the closeness to Barcelona.

Barcelona International Airport caters to locals and tourists with a wide range of shops and duty-free goods. Europa fly to and from El Prat Airport regularly, and you should have no problem finding domestic, charter, and European flights to the airport. Many major carriers – such as British Airways, Air Canada, and American Airlines – use El Prat. Many flights to Granada, the Canary Islands, and the Balearic Islands either come from – or include a stop at – Barcelona Airport.

Alicante International (airport code ALC)

Found along the Mediterranean coast, Alicante International Airport makes for the best entry point to the stunning coastline of the country. Alicante Airport, which is the sixth-busiest airport in the country, underwent some major renovations back in 2013. This included building a new terminal that has the capacity to serve 20 million travelers a year.

Passengers waiting for their flight have plenty to do in this Spanish airport. Between surfing the internet in the VIP lounge, enjoying the shopping on offer, getting a bite to eat, and using the photo booths for some holiday snaps, there’s something for everyone here.

Flights to the airport arrive from Barcelona and Madrid, among other hubs, with most flights coming from within Europe. Around 10 million passengers enter Costa Blanca each year. The incredible beach resorts bring in flights from airlines of all sizes, from Ryanair and Air Berlin, to Iberia.

The modern architecture and spacious layout of the city of Alicante create an aesthetic that is as refreshing as your vacation in the country will be.

Lanzarote Airport (airport code ACE)

Flights to the Canary Islands come through Lanzarote Airport, which is around 3 miles southwest of Arrecife. Not only did the airport get a renovation in the 1990s, but part of the Gaucimeta Terminal of the airport was converted into an aviation museum in the early 2000s.

With around 5 million people from over 46,000 flights, Lanzarote Airport is busy to say the least – especially in the summer season. Try to avoid coming in on a Thursday, as that’s when most British flights come in and things get busy.

Las Palmas/Gran Canaria Airport (airport code LPA)

Situated around 12 miles south of Palmas de Gran Canaria, and around 16 miles from the most popular tourist areas of the island, Gran Canaria Airport, also known as Las Palmas Airport and “Aeropuerto de Gendo” – manages around 9.5 million visitors each year. It is the busiest airport in the Canary Islands, and the fifth overall busiest airport in Spain.

With plenty of places to wine, dine, and shop, along with various facilities and friendly staff, Gran Canaria Airport provides a welcoming experience to tourists. On a clear day, you can expect to see some incredible views of the mountains in the distance. The temperature at the airport ranges from mild to moderate across the year, so the only things you’ll need in your hand luggage are some shades, a hat, and your camera.

While the airport does get busy during the summer, staff here work their hardest to speed things up and do everything possible for passengers.

Palma de Mallorca Airport ( airport code PMI)

The island of Majorca might not be that big, but it’s airport – the Palma de Mallorca Airport – certainly is. It has to be in order to handle the multitudes of sunseekers heading to this tropical paradise each year after all.

Majorca is among the most popular destinations in the Spanish Mediterranean, with the airport here servicing over 21 million passengers each and every year.

Flights to the airport can come from all corners of Europe, including the main UK airports (East Midlands, London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Glasgow). Flights to Majorca also come from Paris, Brussels, Moscow, Prague, Venice, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Geneva, Istanbul, Budapest, Rome, Zurich, Frankfurt, Warsaw, and Madrid.

The Palma de Mallorca is built to handle big crowds. Staff are on hand to assist whenever necessary and work hard to ensure everyone has a safe trip and an enjoyable time at the airport.

Ibiza Airport (airport code IBZ)

The Ibiza Airport serves as the main gateway for Ibiza and Formentera. It’s around 4.3 miles southwest of Ibiza. Despite the small size of the island, it serves as a major summer party destination and still brings in around 5 million passengers a year.

Around 85% of all people visiting Ibiza will do so between May and October. If you are in the mood for it, and you come at the right time, you can enjoy some of the very best house, trance, and techno music during a summer at Ibiza.

There are many guided tours available too, which pass through the city and surrounding areas. Most of these areas are world heritage sites, known for their natural beauty and wildlife.

You should have no problem getting into – or out of – the airport and getting started with your island getaway.a