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

  • Please, contact the Aena S.A. Route Development Marketing Team for detailed information.
  • 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 saw the opening of 10 new routes in S15 from easyJet and Vueling.

Marketing and other support

See the incentive scheme Aena offers airlines in 2015 and discover which suits your type of operation best:
  • For increasing number of passengers on a route;
  • Connecting flights;
  • Freight: is exempted of cargo charge from the 5 July 2014;
  • Note: A 1.9% reduction in all the airport charges will be effective on 1st March 2016.

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, temporary discounts on parking, VIP lounges, shops and F&B, etc. All of this is geared towards achieving greater visibility and publicity for the launch of new routes or new bases.
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 drive from Santiago Airport (the green square), and the nearest airports (A Coruña and Vigo Airports). 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: 230,282.
  • 60-minute catchment: 1,305,700.
  • 120-minute catchment: 2,546,899.

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

Look for more regional information at:

Vital statistics

2014 figures

  • Passengers (commercial):
    • 1,620,937 domestic passengers.
    • 456,512 international passengers.
  • Air Transport Movements:
    • 96.7% scheduled flights.
    • 3.3% charter flights.
  • Freight: 2,095 tonnes.
  • Largest carriers (Top 10): Ryanair, Vueling, Iberia Express, easyJet, Air Europa, Air Nostrum, Turkish Airlines, Evelop Airlines, Aer Lingus and Iberia.


Airport charges

Annual report