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Aeropuerto de Lanzarote
|IATA: ACE – ICAO: GCRR|
|Operator||Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea|
|Location||San Bartolomé, Las Palmas|
|Elevation AMSL||14 m / 47 ft|
|Passenger change 10–11||12.3%|
|Movements change 10–11||6.4%|
|Sources: AIP Spain, AENA Passenger Traffic|
Lanzarote Airport (IATA: ACE, ICAO: 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. 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 (provisionally) handled 5,545,803 in 2011.
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 Gaucimeta. 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’. 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 national and 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. It is open from 10 to 14 daily, except Monday, and a tour is available if there is sufficient interest.
Airlines and destinations
Destinations from Lanzarote Airport:
|Updated: 9 June 2012.|
|Passengers||Aircraft movements||Cargo (tonnes)|
|Source: Aena Statistics|
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- Official website (English) (Spanish)