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. Bilbao also hosted Routes Europe in 2018.

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

  • 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 airport has implemented an Integrated Quality and Environmental Management System, certified according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards.
  • Valencia Airport quality
  • Bilbao Airport composting plan were selected by Forética among the 60 “Sustainable urban living” initiatives, recognising projects committed to urban sustainability.
  • Bilbao Airport was certified by the Spanish Aviation Safety Agency (AESA), according to EU 139/2014 regulation.
  • Best airport of Europe in the “5 to 10 million passenger” category at the XV ACI Europe Award in 2019.
  • In 2015 Bilbao Airport was certified by the Spanish Aviation Safety Agency (AESA), meeting the international standards recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The certification, valid indefinitely, entails both safety improvements and meeting international technical standards.
  • As part of the environmental initiatives that Bilbao Airport is implementing, it uses renewable energy facilities like its cogeneration plant.
  • Information about COVID-19 measures in place can be found at Info COVID-19.



Bilbao is keen on developing its intra-European route network, especially connections to Scandinavia. In S18, new routes have included services launched by LEVEL (Vienna), Vueling (Paris CDG), and Volotea (Palermo).

Marketing and other support

Aena offers airlines an extensive range of incentives. See the new incentive that Aena offers in 2020 and discover which one suit your type of operation best:
  • Operation recovery.
  • Seasonality.
  • Off-peak days.
  • Connecting flights.
  • Freight: Exempted of cargo charge from the 5th of July 2014
  • Airport charges decrease on average by 2,2% annually until 2021

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

Extraordinary-incentive-operation-recovery-W20Aena offers airlines an extensive range of incentives. CLICK TO EXPAND
Santiago runwayAena offers airlines an extensive range of incentives. CLICK TO EXPAND

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, etc. All of this is geared towards achieving greater visibility and publicity for the launch of new routes or new bases. For more information, please visit: Potential cooperation from the Spanish Tourism Board (Tourspain): Market information: statistics & market analysis on request at

The map shows the population within a two-hour drive from Bilbao Airport (the red square) and the nearest airports in the area (Santander Airport, Burgos airport, Vitoria Airport, Logroño Airport, Pamplona Airport and San Sebastian Airport).

Catchment Area

  • 30-minute catchment: 1,100,000;
  • 60-minute catchment: 2,200,000;
  • 120-minute catchment: 3,300,000.

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.

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 doubled capacity to eight million in 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 – Airport.
  • Airport – Zarautz – San Sebastian.
  • Airport – 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

2019 figures

  • Passengers (commercial): 3.4 millions domestic pax; 2.5 millions international pax
  • Flights: 99% regular; 1% charter
  • Freight: 0.980 tons
  • Largest carriers (Top 5): Vueling, Lufthansa, Iberia, Air Europa and easyJet



Airport charges

Annual report