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 – and still attracts 270,000 pilgrims annually, including Pope Benedict who received a royal welcome during his own pilgrimage in 2010

Santiago and its region offers a fantastic range of music festivals and events – many of which inspired by the Way of St James.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • 2.6 million population within two hours driving from Santiago Airport.
  • Important cultural, gastronomic and heritage offer. Ending of the Way of Saint James.
  • Potential new routes across Spain, Europe and North & South America

Santiago saw the opening of five new routes in 2011 by easyJet and Ryanair.

Marketing and other support

  • Available incentives in the Spanish airports in 2014:
    • Passenger growth incentive: 75% discount in the passenger charge, for the additional passengers on a route to the same destination (50% in 2014 and 25% in 2015). 100% discount in the passenger charge if the route is to a new destination (75% in 2014 and 25% in 2015).
    • Cargo incentive: 100% reduction in cargo charge for connecting flights. 50% reduction in cargo charge for international flights.
  • PR support for new routes:
    • Opening flight ceremony: a press release, water cannon salute for the opening flight.
    • Promotional discounts: Discount at the Airport’s parking for passengers on the new route, discounts at selected airport food and beverage points, discounts at the airport´s VIP lounge for passengers on the route.
    • Promotion of the new route: Promotion of the new route at Aena’s web page and social networks.
    • Publicity at the airport: Space at the airport for publicity.
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  • Potential cooperation from the Spanish Tourism Board (Tourspain):
  • Market information: Statistics & market analysis on request at

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

Catchment Area

  • Within 30mins: 230,767
  • Within 60mins: 1,315,427
  • Within 120mins: 2,573,537

Although the city's economy and commerce is rooted in its university and the Way of St James, Santiago'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 to handle up to four million passengers per year.


  • Santiago 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

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

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Vital statistics

2012 figures

  • Passengers (commercial):
    • 1,897,624 domestic passengers
    • 292,359 international passengers
  • Air Transport Movements:
    • 91% scheduled flights
    • 9% charter flights
  • Freight: 1,815 tonnes
  • Largest carriers (Top 10): Ryanair, Vueling, AirEuropa, Air Nostrum, Iberia Express, airberlin, Iberia, easyJet, Orbest and Volotea.

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