La Palma Airport (SPC/GCLA)

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Home to a dozen 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.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • The terminal building has a capacity of 3 million annual passengers.
  • In 2002 La Palma Island was declared a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco. It is known as “the pretty island” thanks to its charming beaches and almost intact natural resources of remarkable beauty. In the National Park of La Caldera de Taburientes people can explore one of the biggest craters in the world. The National Parks of Las Nieves and Cumbre Vieja attracts thousands of nature-lovers every year.
  • Good facilities to play sports such as sailing, diving, etc.
  • Interesting site for astronomy and observation at Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory, hot spot for star gazing thanks to the exceptional location of the island and its unbeatable clear sky.
  • La Palma Airport has implemented an Integrated Quality and Environmental Management System, certified according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards.
  • As part of the environmental initiatives that La Palma Airport is implementing, it has installed photovoltaic modules as well as wind turbines.
  • La Palma Airport has received various acknowledgements from the National Police Corps for collaboration and support with several institutions.
  • La Palma Airport was certified by the Spanish Aviation Agency (AESA), according to EU 139/2014 regulation.
  • Information about COVID-19 measures in place can be found at Info COVID-19.


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

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:

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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):

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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.
  • 81,863 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

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Vital statistics


2019 figures

  • Passengers (commercial): 1.1 million domestic pax; 368,500 international pax.
  • Flights: 95% scheduled; 5% charter.
  • Freight: 466 tons
  • Largest carriers (Top 5): Binter, Iberia Express, Canary Fly, Condor and Air Europa.