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.
  • Bilbao is a vigorous service city that is experiencing an ongoing social, economic, and aesthetic revitalization process.
  • Important tourism attractions, including major architectural works: Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum; Norman Foster’s subway station; and Bilbao Airport by Santiago Calatrava.
  • “Semana Grande” is Bilbao’s main festival, attracting over 100,000 people. It is in August each year, and lasts for nine days. The celebrations include free music performances, street entertainment and nightly fireworks displays.
  • Nouvelle Basque cuisine, radically original in its form, but solidly Basque in substance. Many tapas bars, serve a modern-style of the typical snack of the Basque Country ‘pintxos’.
  • High-yield catchment area. Bilbao is the major airport in its catchment area.

Bilbao is keen on developing its intra-European route network, especially connections to Germany. In 2015, new routes will be launched by British Airways (London Heathrow), Vueling (Brussels and Rome Fiumicino), easyJet (Bristol), SWISS (Zurich) and Czech Airlines (Prague).

Marketing and other support

See the incentive scheme Aena offers airlines in 2015 and discover which suits your type of operation best:
  • For increasing number of passengers on a route;
  • Connecting flights;
  • Freight: is exempted of cargo charge from the 5 July 2014;
  • Note: A 1.9% reduction in all the airport charges will be effective on 1st March 2016.

The conditions of the Aena Incentive scheme and PR support are according to the wording included in the legislation in force. For more information please visit:

Aena collaborates on an ongoing basis with airlines on aspects such as organising events relating to first flights, advertising in media belonging to Aena, press releases, publicity on social networks, information to travel agencies associations, temporary discounts on parking, VIP lounges, shops and F&B, etc. All of this is geared towards achieving greater visibility and publicity for the launch of new routes or new bases.
Potential cooperation from the Spanish Tourism Board (Tourspain):
Market information: statistics and market analysis on request at

The map shows the population within a two-hour drive from Bilbao Airport (the green square) and the nearest airports in the area (Santander Airport, Burgos airport, Vitoria Airport, Logroño Airport, Pamplona Airport and San Sebastian Airport). 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: 1,095,447;
  • Within 60 mins: 1,742,137;
  • Within 120 mins: 3,292,534.

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 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 Sebastian.
  • Aeropuerto – Eibar – Bergara – Arrasate.

Infrastructure & Operations

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

Bilbao airport

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

Vital statistics

2014 figures

  • Passengers: 2,376,910 domestic passengers; 1,597,908 international passengers.
  • Air Transport Movements: 96.9% scheduled flights; 3.1% charter flights.
  • Freight: 2,855 tonnes.
  • Largest carriers (Top 10): Vueling, Air Europa, Lufthansa, Iberia, easyJet, Air France, Air Nostrum, Brussels Airlines, airberlin, and Turkish Airlines..

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Airport charges

Annual report