Bilbao Airport (BIO/LEBB)

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Transformed: Bilbao positions itself as the cultural centre of Spain's Northern Atlantic coast – a change that has been recognised by being awarded the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize for urban transformation.

With over 100,000 visitors, Bilbao's nine-day Semana Grande (big week) in August is the city's most important event, and is followed by bilbao bbk live – an international music festival. There is great architecture on every street corner including Sir Norman Foster's metro stations.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • Extremely competitive airport charges.
  • Region with a strong economy.
  • Important tourism attractions, including major architectural works: Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum, Norman Foster’s subway station and the Airport by Santiago Calatrava.
  • “Semana Grande” is Bilbao’s main festival, attracting over 100,000 people. It is in August each year, lasting nine days. The celebrations include, free music performances, street entertainment and nightly fireworks displays.
  • High yield catchment area. Bilbao is the major airport in its catchment area.
  • Good performance of existing facilities.

Bilbao is keen on developing its intra-European route network, especially connections to Germany. In 2013, new routes include Alitalia's twice-weekly service to Rome Fiumicino, easyJet four-weekly route to Lisbon and Norwegian's twice-weekly service to Oslo, along with a significant expansion from Vueling.

Marketing and other support

  • Available incentive in the Spanish airports in 2014:
    • Passenger growth incentive: 75% discount in the passenger charge, for the additional passengers on a route to the same destination (50% in 2014 and 25% in 2015). 100% discount in the passenger charge if the route is to a new destination (75% in 2014 and 25% in 2015).
    • Cargo Incentive: 100% reduction in cargo charge for connecting flights. 50% reduction in cargo charge for international flights.
  • PR support for new routes such as:
    • Opening flight ceremony: a press release, water cannon salute at the opening flight.
    • Promotional discounts: Discount at the airport’s parking for the passengers of the new route; discounts at participating airport food and beverage outlets, and; discount in the Airport´s VIP lounge for the passengers of the new route.
    • Promotion of the new route: Promotion of the new route at Aena’s web page, social networks etc.
    • Publicity at the airport: Space at the airport for publicity
  • For further information, please contact
  • Possible cooperation from the Spanish Tourism Board (Tourspain):
  • Market information: statistics & market analysis on request at

100% interconnectivity – as part of developing Bilbao into a city of technology and innovation, free Wi-Fi access is available at key sites throughout the city.

Catchment Area

  • Within 30 mins: 1.1 million
  • Within 60 mins: 1.7 million
  • Within 120 mins: 3.3 million

The economic centre of the Basque Country, Bilbao is home to many businesses, such as multinationals Iberdrola and Gamesa. The city's exhibition centre also hosts the largest multipurpose hall in Spain with a capacity of up to 26,000 – one of six Spanish venues for basketball's 2014 FIBA World Championships.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Santiago Calatrava's 32,000m2 terminal – La Paloma ('the dove') was renovated during 2011; further extension will double capacity to eight million by 2016.


  • Bilbao Airport is located at 12 kilometres from the capital of the Vizcaya province, in the city limits of Loiu.

Road Access:

  • Access to the airport is via the national motorway N-637, which is the Bilbao ring road that links the airport to the national motorway A8.

Bus Access:

  • Bizkaibus Línea 3247 Bilbao – Aeropuerto
  • Aeropuerto – Zarautz – San Sebastián
  • Aeropuerto – Eibar – Bergara – Arrasate

Infrastructure & Operations:

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

For more information about Bilbao and its region, go to:

Vital statistics

2012 figures

  • Passengers: 2,729,591 domestic passengers; 1,433,051 international passengers.
  • Air Transport Movements: 96% scheduled flights; 4% charter flights.
  • Freight: 2,200 tonnes.
  • Largest carriers: Vueling, Iberia, Lufthansa, easyJet, AirEuropa, Ryanair, Air Nostrum, Air France, airberlin and Brussels Airlines.

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