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

  • New terminal building opened in July 2011 that increases its capacity to 3 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.
  • La Palma Airport has implemented an Integrated Quality and Environmental Management System, certified according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards.
  • 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.

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.'

Santiago runwayAena offers airlines an extensive range of incentives. CLICK TO EXPAND

Santiago runwayAena offers airlines an extensive range of incentives. CLICK TO EXPAND

Marketing and other support

Aena offers airlines an extensive range of incentives. See the new incentive that Aena offers in 2018 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;
  • 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:


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):
Market information: statistics & 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.
  • 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

La Palma runway

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Vital statistics

2018 figures

  • Passengers (commercial): 1,000,000 domestic passengers; 378,300 international passengers.
  • Air Transport Movements: 94% scheduled flights; 6% charter flights.
  • Freight: 565 tonnes.
  • Largest carriers (Top five):  Binter, Iberia Express, Condor, Canary Fly and Air Europa.