La Palma Airport (SPC/GCLA)

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Home to a dozen of international observatories, La Palma hosts the William Herschel Telescope, Europe's second biggest facility of this type, and the neighboring Gran Telescopio Canarias, Europe's largest.

In 2011, the airport opened a new terminal, which provides enough capacity for it to triple its current traffic of almost one million passengers. Roughly 120 weekly services connect La Palma to other islands in the archipelago.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • New terminal building opened in July 2011 that increases its capacity to three million passengers annually.
  • Island with important tourism attractions: nice beaches and nature reserves.
  • Good facilities to play sports such as sailing, diving, etc.
  • Interesting site for astronomy and observation at Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory.

The now-dormant Teneguia volcano last erupted in 1971 making the island half a mile longer. Today, La Palma is the most biologically diverse island in the archipelago and a prime location for holidays in the great outdoors. One guide describes it 'like a Caribbean island blown off course.'

Marketing and other support

See the incentive scheme Aena offers airlines in 2016 and discover which suits your type of operation best:
  • For increasing number of passengers on a route;
  • Seasonality;
  • Off-peak days;
  • 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.

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Potential cooperation from the Spanish Tourism Board (Tourspain):

Market information: statistics and market analysis on request at

The map shows the population living close to La Palma Airport (the green square), and the nearest airports in the area. The island promotes itself as a sustainable tourist destination. Airport traffic is made up mainly by regular holiday traffic and business travellers.

Catchment Area

  • There are 2.1 million people living across the Canary Islands.
  • 83,500 people are living in La Palma.

The cigar industry in La Palma was set up by immigrants returning from Cuba and has retained its artisan character even today. As rumours have it, Churchill (who vacationed in the Canaries with his friend Onassis in 1959) was a big fan of the island's hand-rolled puros and even Fidel Castro himself is said to have acknowledged their quality.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

ATTRACTIVE FISCAL AND ECONOMIC INCENTIVES: The island’s “special status” within the EU permits it to have reduced direct and indirect taxation as well as various fiscal incentives and economic aid for business investment:

  • Reduced Taxation
    • Canary Islands Special Zone (ZEC) – A low Corporation Tax Zone (4%) that promotes the establishment of new businesses, conditional upon minimum levels of investment and job creation.
    • Discount for production of tangible assets – An incentive that offers a 50% reduction on tax liability on profits attributed to production and industrial activities.
    • Canary Islands General Indirect Tax – A tax that is similar to VAT but specific to the Canary Islands and with lower applicable rates. The general rate is 7%.
    • Special taxes – The taxes on fuels, alcoholic drinks, and certain types of transport are significantly lower than those in the rest of the EU.


The new terminal has doubled up the airport's capacity and has enhanced the overall passenger experience. Extensive use of solar panels and wind turbines underline the island's commitment to sustainable tourism.

  • The airport is situated about eight kilometres from the capital of the island, Santa Cruz de La Palma.

Road access

  • Public access to the airport is from Santa Cruz de La Palma, along the motorway LP-2, which crosses beneath the runway through a tunnel and then rejoins the motorway to Fuencaliente via Hoyo de Mazo, the LP-138.

Bus access

  • Line 500: Santa Cruz de la Palma-Los Cancajos-Airport.

Infrastructure & Operations

La Palma runway

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Vital statistics

2015 figures

  • Passengers (commercial): 709,997 domestic passengers; 252,244 international passengers.
  • Air Transport Movements: 91% scheduled flights; 9% charter flights.
  • Freight: 565 tonnes.
  • Largest carriers (Top 10):  Binter+Naysa, Canary Fly, Condor, Iberia Express and airberlin.