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César Manrique-Lanzarote Airport

Aeropuerto de César Manrique-Lanzarote
Airport typePublic
LocationSan Bartolomé, Las Palmas
Elevation AMSL14 m / 47 ft
Coordinates28°5644N 13°3619W / 28.94556°N 13.60528°W / 28.94556; -13.60528
Location in the Canary Islands
ACE (Lanzarote)
ACE (Spain, Canary Islands)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 2,400 7,874 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger change 17-180.8%
Aircraft Movements60,955
Movements change 17-182.5%
Cargo (t)1,600
Sources: Spanish AIP[1]; AENA Passenger Traffic[2]

César Manrique-Lanzarote Airport[3] (IATA: ACE, ICAO: GCRR) (Spanish: Aeropuerto de César Manrique-Lanzarote), commonly known as Lanzarote Airport and 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 island's capital, 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 7,327,019 passengers in 2018.


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.

As a tribute to the legacy left behind by local artist César Manrique, the airport's official name was changed in 2019, coinciding with the centenary of the artist's birth.[4]

Airlines and destinations

Aer Lingus Cork, Dublin
Seasonal: Shannon
Air Europa Bilbao, Madrid
Seasonal: Santiago de Compostela
Air Europa Express Gran Canaria[5]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria, La Palma,[6] TenerifeNorth
British Airways LondonGatwick
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Canaryfly Gran Canaria, TenerifeNorth
Condor BerlinSchönefeld (resumes 28 June 2020),[7] Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart
Corendon Airlines Europe Seasonal: Hannover (begins 27 June 2020),[8] Nuremberg (begins 31 May 2020)[9]
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam
Danish Air Transport Seasonal charter: Copenhagen[10]
easyJet Bordeaux,[11] Bristol, Liverpool, LondonGatwick, LondonLuton, Lyon,[12] Manchester, MilanMalpensa[13]
Seasonal: Amsterdam, BelfastInternational, Hamburg, LondonSouthend
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Enter Air Seasonal charter: WarsawChopin[14]
Eurowings BerlinTegel,[15] Düsseldorf
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Iberia Express Madrid
Iberia Regional Seville, Valencia
Jet2.com BelfastInternational, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, LondonStansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Copenhagen[16]
Lauda Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Stuttgart
Luxair Luxembourg
Neos Seasonal: MilanMalpensa
Norwegian Air Shuttle OsloGardermoen
Seasonal charter: Bergen[17]
Novair Seasonal charter: OsloGardermoen,[18] StockholmArlanda[19]
Ryanair Bergamo, Birmingham, Bologna, Bristol, Charleroi, Cork, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, LondonLuton, LondonStansted, Madrid, Manchester, Seville, Shannon
Seasonal: BerlinSchönefeld, GlasgowPrestwick, Liverpool, Santiago de Compostela
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Bergen
Smartwings Prague
Seasonal: Brest, Lille,[20] Lyon,[20] Nantes[20]
Seasonal charter: Dublin[21]
Smartwings Poland Seasonal charter: Katowice,[22] WarsawChopin[14]
SunExpress Deutschland Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Nuremberg, Paderborn/Lippstadt, Stuttgart
Transavia Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam
Seasonal: Groningen
Transavia France Seasonal: ParisOrly
TUI Airways Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, LondonGatwick, LondonLuton, LondonStansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal: BelfastInternational
Seasonal charter: Shannon[23]
TUI fly Belgium Brussels
TUI fly Deutschland Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Stuttgart
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam, Eindhoven
Seasonal: Rotterdam[24]
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Gothenburg,[25] Helsinki,[26] Malmö,[25] OsloGardermoen,[17] StockholmArlanda[25]
Volotea Nantes
Seasonal: Bordeaux, Marseille,[27] Strasbourg[28]
Vueling Alicante (begins 4 April 2020),[29] Asturias, Barcelona, Bilbao, Málaga, ParisOrly, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Valencia, Zurich

Ground transportation

There are four bus lines connecting Lanzarote Airport with the rest of the island. The airport is connected via bus lines 22 and 23 to the city of Arrecife, and via lines 161 and 261 to Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen.[30]


Lanzarote Airport Passenger Totals 2000-2018 (millions)
Updated: 15 January 2019. 2018 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 5,168,775 44,787 2,108
2013 5,334,599 44,259 2,081
2014 5,883,039 49,575 2,050
2015 6,128,971 50,448 1,805
2016 6,684,564 54,632 1,776
2017 7,388,964 59,477 1,824
2018 7,327,019 60,955 1,606
Source: Aena Statistics[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Spanish AIP". ENAIRE. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Tráfico de pasajeros, operaciones y carga en los aeropuertos españoles" [Statistics for passenger, freight and operations in Spanish airports] (PDF) (in Spanish). AENA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 October 2018.
  3. ^ César Manrique-Lanzarote Airport, airport operator (Aena) website.
  4. ^ "Orden FOM/211/2019, de 27 de febrero, por la que se modifica la denominación oficial del Aeropuerto de Lanzarote Order FOM/211/2019, of 27 February, by which the official designation of Lanzarote Airport is modified" (in Spanish). 1 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Iniciamos los vuelos interislas Canarias". Billete996.aireuropa.com.
  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. ^ "Flight". Apollorejser.dk. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  11. ^ "easyJet announces 4 new destinations for 2019". Bordeaux-Merignac Airport. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  12. ^ Liu, Jim. "easyJet further expands new routes in W19". Routesonline. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  13. ^ "easyJet Adds New Italian Routes in S16". Airlineroute.net.
  14. ^ a b "Charter flights". Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Eurowings scales back Berlin expansion in 1Q18". Routesonline.com.
  16. ^ "Only Flight". Tui.dk.
  17. ^ a b "Only Flight". Tui.no.
  18. ^ "Flight". Apollo.no. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  19. ^ "Flight". Apollo.se. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  20. ^ a b c "Smartwings plans new Lanzarote routes from France in W18". Routesonline.com.
  21. ^ "Flight Only". Sunway. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  22. ^ "air and charter tickets". Itaka.pl. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  23. ^ "Flight Timetable". TUI Airways. 18 January 2019.
  24. ^ "Nieuwe bestemmingen Tui Fly vanaf Rotterdam en Eindhoven". Upinthesky.nl. 13 December 2017.
  25. ^ a b c "Only Flight". Tui.se.
  26. ^ "Only Flight". Tui.fi.
  27. ^ "Volotea W18 new routes as of 02AUG18". Routesonline.com.
  28. ^ Liu, Jim. "Volotea W19 Network adjustment as of 15JUL19". Routesonline. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  29. ^ Liu, Jim. "Vueling adds Alicante Lanzarote service from April 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  30. ^ "Lanzarote Airport - gettocenter.com". Retrieved 4 February 2017.

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