Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ/LEST)

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The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Santiago de Compostela was the final destination of the 9th century Way of St. James – which still attracts 200,000 pilgrims annually.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • 2.6 million population within two hours driving from Santiago de Compostela Airport.
  • Important cultural, gastronomic and heritage offer.
  • The UNESCO World Heritage Site Santiago de Compostela and its cathedral, built from 1075 to 1122, is the place where St. James is buried and the final destination of the 9th century Way of St. James – and still attracts 200,000 pilgrims annually.
  • The Galician coast is famous for its seafood and for the Islands Cíes.
  • Potential new routes across Spain, Europe and North & South America.

Santiago de Compostela will see the opening of 10 new routes in S15 from easyJet and Vueling.

Marketing and other support

  • Incentives are available in the Spanish airports:
    • Passenger growth incentive:
      • 75% discount in the passenger charge, for the additional passengers on a route to the same destination (50% in 2015 and 25% in 2016).
      • 100% discount in the passenger charge if the route is to a new destination (75 % in 2015 and 25% in 2016).
    • Freight: is exempted of cargo charge from the 5 July 2014.
    • Charges will have a maximum increase of 0% for the next ten years until 2025, as per the Royal Decree-Law 8/2014, published on the State Official Bulletin.
  • PR support for new routes:
    Aena offers Marketing Support actions for the opening of new routes, which may include:

    • Opening flight ceremony:
      • Dedicated area at the airport for the opening flight ceremony;
      • Cocktail for the passengers of the opening flight ceremony;
      • Invitation of relevant authorities, press, agencies and participants to boost profile of event.
    • Water salute: 
      • Water cannon salute at the opening flight;
    • Publicity at the airport:
      • In the airport: publicity spaces (MUPI) and digital screens for publicity;
      • On-Line: Promotional banner on the airport’s web page or at info-vuelos web page and promotion of the new route through the social media and other channels;
      • Off-Line: Official press release with impact on major national media and press release at Aena’s magazine;
    • Publicity outside the airport:
      • Information in the UNAV (Unión de Agencias de Viaje -Travel Agencies Union) newsletter, that includes 120 members with 1,500 sales points and promotion of the route through the eSIPA* monitors (* Flight information platform installed at various hotels, fairs & conventions centres, and other placements outside the airport).
    • Promotional discounts
      • Discounts at airport’s parking, retail and food & beverages;
      • Promotional flyer at Aena Aeropuertos’ website announcing the new routes and including the promotional discounts with airline logo to be delivered to the passengers.
    • Base start-up
      • Note: There are minimum conditions for the number of based aircraft and traffic growth associated in order to be eligible for these actions.
      • Discount on the current official rate in the rental of check-in machines and/or check-in counters;
      • Discount on the current official rate in the rental of offices, premises and commercial counters;
      • Discount on the current official rate in the branding of the boarding gate area in line with the airline specifications;
      • Special banner at info-vuelos website (1.7 million visits/month).
  • Possible cooperation from the Spanish Tourism Board (Tourspain):
  • Market information: statistics & market analysis on request at
  • 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:

Besides its significant religious tourism, Santiago de Compostela is also a conference city with some 100 annual congresses and exhibitions and 100 concerts in the 'Auditorio de Galicia'.

Catchment Area

  • 30-minute catchment: 230,767.
  • 60-minute catchment: 1,315,427.
  • 120-minute catchment: 2,573,537.

Although the city's economy and commerce is rooted in its university and the Way of St James, Santiago de Compostela's industry has diversified into several sectors including automotive, telecoms, pharmaceuticals and banking.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Opened in 2011, the new terminal, control tower and other facilities allow Santiago de Compostela to handle up to four million passengers per year.


  • Santiago de Compostela Airport is situated about 10 kilometres to the north-east of the city.

Road Access

  • Access to the airport is via the national motorway N-547, which links Santiago de Compostela with Lugo. The turning is 13 kilometres to the east of the city. It can also be accessed via the dual carriageway that links the Santiago ring road to the national motorway N-547.

Bus Access

  • Airport-A Coruña.
  • Airport-Lugo.
  • Airport-Santiago.
  • Airport-Sobrado.

Infrastructure & Operations

Santiago runway

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

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Vital statistics

2013 figures

  • Passengers (commercial):
    • 1,897,624 domestic passengers.
    • 292,359 international passengers.
  • Air Transport Movements:
    • 91% scheduled flights.
    • 9% charter flights.
  • Freight: 1,928 tonnes.
  • Largest carriers (Top 10): Ryanair, Vueling, Iberia Express, Air Europa, easyJet, Air Nostrum, airberlin, Aer Lingus and Turkish Airlines.


Airport charges

Annual report