San Sebastian Airport (EAS/LESO)

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Best known for its International Film Festival, every September San Sebastian becomes the ultimate destination for all celebrities. Over 60 years, the Golden Shell has become one of the most important prizes in cinematography.

Dubbed 'the summer capital of Spain' San Sebastian is the most popular of the Basque resorts. Every year in August, the Spanish arrive here by the thousands, fleeing the heat of the south.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • Extremely competitive airport charges.
  • Region with a strong economy and important tourism and cultural attractions.
  • High yield catchment area.
  • San Sebastian (186,000 inhabitants) is located in one of Spain’s most beautiful areas: Bahia de la Concha.
  • San Sebastian International Film is the most important of those which are held in Spain, and indeed in all Spanish-speaking countries, as well as being one of the oldest and most prestigious in Europe.

The world's best riders arrive in the Basque Country in August for the tough one-day Clasica San Sebástian - part of the 2017 UCI World Tour. This year's − the 37th − race was won by Pole Michal Kwiatkowski. The ultimate gateway to the region has become increasingly popular with foreigners.

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 increasing number of passengers on a route;
  • 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):

Market information: statistics and market analysis on request at


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

San Sebastian's overall catchment is around 5.3 million within 120 minutes, but the airport has a strong business-oriented following. With Iberia and Vueling offering flights to Madrid and Barcelona, the airport is now looking for more international services.

Catchment Area

  • 30-minute catchment: 1,343,579.
  • 60-minute catchment: 2,863,211.
  • 120-minute catchment: 5,330,229.

Rafael Moneo's Kursaal Congress Centre provides a stunning backdrop to do business in San Sebastian. Over half of airport users are already business travellers – a major indicator of new route potential viability.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

The airport is just 20 minutes from downtown San Sebastian and offers a range of unexplored opportunities such as regular connections to the Spanish islands.


  • San Sebastian Airport is located 22 kilometres north-east of the city.

Road Access

  • The road access to the airport is from Irun and Hondarribia via the road N-638. This road links up with the N-1, connecting the airport with San Sebastian and the south of France, and with the AP-8 Bilbao-Behobia motorway.
  • The distance from San Sebastian city centre to the airport exit is 22 kilometres, and the average journey time is about 20 minutes.

Bus Access

  • E20. Hondarribia – Rentería – Pasaia – San Sebastián (Plaza Gipuzkoa).
  • E21. Hondarribia – Aeropuerto – San Sebastián (Plaza Gipuzkoa).
  • E22. Hondarribia – Hospital Bidasoa – Polígono Industrial Area – Txingudi.
  • E23 and E28. Hondarribia – Irún – San Sebastián (Ibaeta, Centre and Amara).
  • E25. Hondarribia – Irún / Costa / Aeropuerto.
  • E78. Hondarribia – Irún.
  • E27 and E77. Hondarribia – Irún – Rentería – San Sebastián (Plaza Gipuzkoa). E27 runs at the weekend. E77 on Friday and Saturday nights.

Infrastructure & Operations

San Sebastian runway

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

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Vital statistics

2016 figures

  • Passengers (commercial): 260,000 domestic passengers.
  • Air Transport Movements: 99% scheduled flights; 1% charter flights.
  • Freight: 4.6 tonnes.
  • Largest carriers: Air Nostrum and Vueling.


Airport charges

Annual report