Fuerteventura Airport

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Fuerteventura Airport (IATA: FUE, ICAO: GCFV), also known as El Matorral Airport, is an airport serving the Spanish island of Fuerteventura. It is situated in El Matorral, 5 km (3.1 mi) southwest[2][3] of the capital city Puerto del Rosario. The airport has flight connections to over 80 destinations worldwide, and over 5.6 million passengers passed through it in 2016.[1]

Fuerteventura Airport

Aeropuerto de Fuerteventura
Aena Fuerteventura logo.png
Airport typePublic
LocationPuerto del Rosario
Elevation AMSL25 m / 83 ft
Coordinates28°27′10″N 013°51′50″W / 28.45278°N 13.86389°W / 28.45278; -13.86389
FUE is located in Canary Islands
Location of airport in Canary Islands
FUE is located in Fuerteventura
FUE (Fuerteventura)
FUE is located in Spain, Canary Islands
FUE (Spain, Canary Islands)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 3,406 11,175 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger change 17-18Increase1.2%
Aircraft Movements51,541
Movements change 17-18Increase6.9%
Sources: Passenger Traffic, AENA[1]
Spanish AIP, ENAIRE [2]

The airport has one terminal building with two floors. The ground floor has two sections; one section is for flight arrivals and the other for flight departures. The first floor has the departures lounge and 24 boarding gates. In total, the terminal covers over 92,000 m² and it has the capacity to handle 8.2 million passengers per year.[4]


Early yearsEdit

The airport was opened officially on 14 September 1969. The first plane to touch down on the new runway was an Iberia Fokker F27, which flew the route Las Palmas-Fuerteventura-Lanzarote.[citation needed]

In 1973, El Matorral Airport began to operate its first flights to European countries with the airline Condor, which linked the German city of Düsseldorf directly with Puerto del Rosario. In the following years, the airport experienced considerable growth in the number of operations, which resulted in a series of improvements, starting in 1978, to ensure that the working of the aerodrome continued to meet the needs of the passengers.[citation needed]

Development since the 1990sEdit

In 1994, construction started on a new terminal building, an aircraft apron, a taxiway parallel to the runway, a power plant and a new access road. The works were completed with the extension of the car park and a detour on the Puerto de Rosario-Matorral, road adding some two kilometres, of which 1.5 are double lane. With the new facilities it was possible to attend around five million passengers a year and manage around 3,100 passengers per hour during rush-hour periods.[5]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Aerial view
Terminal exterior
Puerto del Rosario Airport
view from the exterior
Cetrery car to disperse birds
Control tower
Aer Lingus Dublin
Air Europa Asturias, Barcelona, Bilbao, Málaga, Madrid, Santiago de Compostela
Air Europa Express Gran Canaria
AlbaStar Seasonal charter: Milan–Malpensa
ASL Airlines France Seasonal charter: Brest, Nantes, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Atlantic Airways Billund
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria, La Palma,[6] Tenerife–North
Brussels Airlines Brussels
CanaryFly Gran Canaria, Tenerife–North
Condor Berlin–Schönefeld (resumes 25 June 2020),[7] Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart
Corendon Airlines Europe Cologne/Bonn, Hannover (begins 28 June 2020),[8] Münster/Osnabrück, Nuremberg[9]
Corendon Dutch Airlines Amsterdam
easyJet Berlin–Tegel, Bordeaux (begins 31 March 2020),[10] Bristol, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, Milan–Malpensa
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Belfast–International, Hamburg, Lyon, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse
Seasonal: Geneva
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Nuremberg, Salzburg, Vienna
Enter Air Charter: Katowice,[11] Warsaw–Chopin[11]
Seasonal charter: Gdańsk,[11] Rzeszów (begins 22 June 2020),[11] Wrocław[11]
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Freebird Airlines Europe Seasonal charter: Leipzig/Halle (begins 7 May 2020)[12]
Holiday Europe[13] Seasonal charter: Berlin–Schönefeld, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Leipzig/Halle, Munich
Iberia Express Madrid
Iberia Regional Seasonal: Seville, Valencia
Jet2.com Belfast–International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Örebro
Lauda Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Stuttgart
Level Amsterdam
Lufthansa Seasonal: Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Neos Bologna, Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino, Verona
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Novair Charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal charter: Gothenburg, Karlstad, Malmö, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Växjö
Privilege Style Seasonal charter: Lisbon, Porto
Ryanair Barcelona, Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld, Birmingham, Bologna, Charleroi, Dublin, Düsseldorf, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Madrid, Manchester, Pisa, Shannon, Seville
Seasonal: London–Luton
Scandinavian Airlines Billund, Copenhagen, Luleå, Stockholm–Arlanda
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Riga
Smartlynx Airlines Estonia Seasonal charter: Tallinn[14]
Smartwings Brno, Ostrava, Prague, Vilnius
Smartwings Poland Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin
Seasonal charter: Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Łódź, Lublin, Poznań, Wrocław
Sundair Seasonal charter: Berlin-Tegel,[15] Kassel[16]
Transavia Amsterdam
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris–Orly
TUI Airways Birmingham, East-Midlands, London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Bristol, Doncaster/Sheffield (begins 6 May 2020),[17] Glasgow (begins 2 May 2020)[18]
TUI fly Belgium Brussels, Lille, Lyon, Nantes, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Strasbourg, Toulouse
TUI fly Deutschland Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin–Tegel,[19] Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Munich, Nuremberg,[20] Paderborn/Lippstadt, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Stockholm–Arlanda
Volotea Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes, Toulouse
Vueling Barcelona, Bilbao, Málaga, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Valencia
White Airways Seasonal charter: Lisbon, Lyon, Nantes, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Porto
Wizz Air Katowice[21]


Fuerteventura Airport Passenger Totals 2000-2019 (millions)
Updated: 16 January 2019. 2018 data Provisional.[1]
Passengers Aircraft movements Cargo (tonnes)
2000 3,467,614 31,663 4,487
2001 3,577,638 30,471 3,837
2002 3,620,576 32,520 3,712
2003 3,919,224 39,695 3,694
2004 3,917,109 39,865 3,639
2005 4,071,875 40,415 3,178
2006 4,458,711 44,044 3,196
2007 4,629,877 44,870 3,127
2008 4,492,003 44,552 2,722
2009 3,738,492 36,429 1,913
2010 4,173,686 39,437 1,710
2011 4,948,018 44,551 1,557
2012 4,399,023 37,772 1,214
2013 4,259,341 35,498 1,022
2014 4,764,632 40,066 978
2015 5,027,415 39,307 937
2016 5,676,323 45,456 945
2017 6,049,291 48,216 946
2018 6,118,893 51,541 874
2019(Nov) 5,187,319 43.307 670
Source: Aena Statistics[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Estadísticas - Aeropuertos Españoles - aena.es". www.aena.es. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Spanish AIP (ENAIRE)". Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  3. ^ "EAD Basic - Error Page". www.ead.eurocontrol.int. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Fuerteventura Airport Guide". Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  5. ^ http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Fuerteventura/en/Page/1048858925027/
  6. ^ Liu, Jim. "Binter expands Santa Cruz de la Palma service from July 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  7. ^ Liu, Jim (23 January 2020). "Condor W20 Berlin operations as of 22JAN20". routesonline.com.
  8. ^ Liu, Jim. "Corendon Airlines S20 Network expansion". Routesonline. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Flights to Nuremberg". corendonairlines.com.
  10. ^ Liu, Jim. "easyJet S20 new routes as of 27DEC19". Routesonline. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
  11. ^ a b c d e "Charter flights". tui.pl.
  12. ^ "Tui sends Freebird Europe to Leipzig / Halle - Airbus A320 is stationed in Schkeuditz". lvz.de. 4 October 2019.
  13. ^ "FTI is expanding its hot water capacity with a new charter airline". airliners.de. 28 August 2019.
  14. ^ http://www.smartlynx.aero/passengers/my-flight
  15. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/280864/sundair-plans-new-routes-in-w18/
  16. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/280864/sundair-plans-new-routes-in-w18/
  17. ^ https://www.tui.co.uk/flight/timetable
  18. ^ https://www.tui.co.uk/flight/timetable
  19. ^ TUIfly begin service to Fuerteventura from November 2017
  20. ^ Liu, Jim. "TUIfly S19 network additions as of 25MAR19". Routesonline. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  21. ^ https://www.pasazer.com/news/40293/wizz,air,poleci,z,katowic,na,fuerteventure.html

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