Girona–Costa Brava Airport

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Girona–Costa Brava Airport (IATA: GRO, ICAO: LEGE) (Catalan: Aeroport de Girona-Costa Brava, Spanish: Aeropuerto de Gerona-Costa Brava) is an airport located 12.5 km (7.8 mi) southwest[2] of the city of Girona, next to the small village of Vilobí d'Onyar, in the north-east of Catalonia, Spain. The airport is well connected to the Costa Brava and the Pyrenees. Girona Airport is used as an alternative airport for Barcelona as well, even though the airport is 74 km (46 mi)[3] north of the center of Barcelona.

Girona–Costa Brava Airport
Aeroport de Girona-Costa Brava
Aena Girona.svg
Girona-Costa Brava Airport - View from plane.JPG
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerENAIRE
OperatorAena
ServesGirona, the Costa Brava
and Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Elevation AMSL143 m / 469 ft
Coordinates41°54′03″N 002°45′38″E / 41.90083°N 2.76056°E / 41.90083; 2.76056Coordinates: 41°54′03″N 002°45′38″E / 41.90083°N 2.76056°E / 41.90083; 2.76056
Websiteaena-aeropuertos.es
Map
GRO is located in Catalonia
GRO
GRO
Location within Catalonia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 2,400 7,874 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers2.019.876
Passenger change 17-18Increase 3,8%
Aircraft movements17.870
Aircraft movements change 17-18Decrease 7,2%
Cargo (t)133
Source: AENA[1]

HistoryEdit

The airport was built in 1965,[4] but passenger traffic was modest.

The early 2000s saw passenger numbers grow spectacularly after Ryanair chose Girona as one of its European hubs, marketing it as 'Barcelona-Girona'. In 1993, Girona Airport dealt with only 275,000 passengers; in the six years from 2002 to 2008 passenger numbers increased by nearly ten times from just over 500,000 to more than 5.5 million, but after Ryanair began to move their Barcelona operations from Girona to the larger El Prat International Airport, half of these were lost again in the next 4 years until 2012 with only 2.8 million passengers.[5] 2014 saw less than 2.2 million passengers pass through the airport. In 2016 it carried just 1.6 million passengers.

FacilitiesEdit

The airport consists of one two-storey passenger terminal building. On the ground floor there are 33 check-in desks, with 11 boarding gates on the first floor for both domestic and international flights.[6] Food is available in the departures area of the airport, as well as a few shops.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Girona:[7]

AirlinesDestinations
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Gdańsk,[8] Katowice,[8] Poznań[8]
Jet2.com Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol (begins 22 May 2021),[9] East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal charter: Katowice,[10] Warsaw–Chopin [8]
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow–Sheremetyevo[11]
Pobeda Moscow–Vnukovo
Seasonal: Saint Petersburg
Ryanair Seasonal: Bournemouth, Cork, London–Luton, London–Southend, Pisa, Poznań, Weeze, Wrocław
Smartwings Poland Seasonal charter: Katowice,[8] Warsaw–Chopin[8]
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam, Rotterdam/The Hague
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Doncaster/Sheffield, London–Gatwick, Manchester
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo

StatisticsEdit

Girona airport passenger totals 2000-2019 (millions)
Updated: 8 March 2018.[5] 2018 data provisional.
 
Check-in area
 
Apron view
 
Control tower

The following table shows the total passenger numbers at Girona Airport from 1997 to date.

Year Passengers
1997 533,445
1998 610,607
1999 631,235
2000 651,402
2001 622,410
2002 557,187
2003 1,448,796
2004 2,962,988
2005 3,533,567
2006 3,614,223
2007 4,848,604
2008 5,507,294
2009 5,286,970
2010 4,863,785
2011 3,007,649
2012 2,844,571
2013 2,736,867
2014 2,160,646
2015 1,775,318
2016 1,664,763
2017 1,946,816
2018 2,019,876
2019 1,932,255
Source: Aena Statistics[5]

Ground transportationEdit

Along with being an alternative option to Barcelona Airport, Girona Airport is convenient for the resorts along the Costa Brava, such as Lloret de Mar, l'Estartit and Blanes. It is about a 40-minute drive from the French border and many people use Girona Airport as a way of getting to the Pyrenees and the ski resorts of Andorra.

By carEdit

The airport is served by three main roads:

By busEdit

There are six bus lines operating in the airport to:

By trainEdit

The closest main line railway station to the airport is in Girona. The closest railway station is in fact Riudellots Halt, 4 km (2.5 mi) away from the airport.[12] There is a project to build a station for the AVE line LGV Perpignan–Figueres, which passes within a few hundred meters of the terminal.

Incidents and accidentsEdit

  • On 14 September 1999, at 21:47 UTC, a Boeing 757–204 charter flight from Cardiff, Wales, UK, with 236 passengers and 9 crew left the runway when landing in a storm and broke apart. After leaving the runway, it ran 343 metres (1,125 ft) across flat grassland beside the runway, before going diagonally over a substantial earth mound adjacent to the airport boundary, becoming semi-airborne as a result. Beyond the mound it hit and severed a number of medium-sized trees and the right engine struck the boundary fence. The aircraft then yawed considerably to the right, passed through the fence, landed again in a field, and its main landing gears collapsed. It finally stopped after a 244-metre (800 ft) slide across the field. Damage was substantial: the fuselage was broken in two places and the landing gear and both engines detached. Remarkably, there were no immediate fatalities but 44 people, including the aircraft's captain, received hospital treatment for severe to minor injuries. One elderly passenger died a week later.[13][14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Informes Anuales – 2012[permanent dead link] [1] "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 January 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) – AENA
  2. ^ Spanish AIP (AENA) Archived 7 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Distanse from Girona–Costa Brava Airport to Sagrada Família in center of Barcelona - Google Maps
  4. ^ "AENA Girona-Costa Brava Historia". Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b c AENA passenger statistics and aircraft movements
  6. ^ Girona Airport
  7. ^ aena.es - Destinos retrieved 21 May 2017
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Coral Travel". coraltravel.pl.
  9. ^ "Jet2's Bristol Airport base will bring 450,000-holiday seats". ukaviation.news. 11 November 2020.
  10. ^ "LOT will make charter flights for Katowice from Rainbow Tours".
  11. ^ Liu, Jim (1 March 2019). "Nordwind schedules Spain service in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  12. ^ 3 PM Barcelona to Cerbere train schedule
  13. ^ "Special Bulletin S1/2000 – Boeing 757–204, G-BYAG" (PDF). Air Accidents Investigation Branch. 2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2006.
  14. ^ "BBC report of air crash". BBC. 16 September 1999.

External linksEdit

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