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 just over one million passengers. Roughly 130 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.'

Aena offers airlines an extensive range of incentives.

Marketing and other support

Aena offers airlines an extensive range of incentives. See the new incentive that Aena offers airlines in 2017 and discover which one suits your type of operation best:

  • For new routes;
  • For increasing number of passengers on a route: on long-haul routes, on airports with less than 3 million passengers and seasonal airports during the off-peak season;
  • Seasonality;
  • Off-peak days;
  • Connecting flights;
  • Freight: is exempted of cargo charge from the 5 July 2014;
  • The Spanish Governement has approved an 11% reduction in all the airport charges in the period 2017-2021 (2.2% annually). It will be effective as of 1 March 2017.

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 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):

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.
  • 81,500 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


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

2016 figures

  • Passengers (commercial): 770,258 domestic passengers; 345,888 international passengers.
  • Air Transport Movements: 91% scheduled flights; 9% charter flights.
  • Freight: 584 tonnes.
  • Largest carriers (Top 10):  Binter+Naysa, Iberia Express, Condor, Canary Fly and airberlin.