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 Airport.
  • Important cultural, gastronomic and heritage offer.
  • The UNESCO World Heritage Site Santiago de Compostela and its cathedral, built from 1075 to 1122 in a Romanic Style, 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.
  • Services for pilgrims: equipment or tourist guides at shops, luggage transfer to anywhere on The Way of Saint James or to the city of Santiago or a stamp on the Credential.
  • Auditorium, exhibition hall and scale models of the Cathedral of Santiago and the city in the 12th Century.
  • Possibility to do the last stage of The Way of Saint James from the airport.
  • The Galician coast is famous for its seafood and for the Islands Cíes.
  • Potential new routes across Spain, Europe and North & South America.
  • Information about COVID-19 measures in place can be found at Info COVID-19.


Santiago de Compostela would like to see more points in Germany on its route map, as well as far flung points like New York and Buenos Aires.

Marketing and other support

Aena offers airlines an extensive range of incentives. See the new incentive that Aena offers in 2020 and discover which one suit your type of operation best:
  • Operation recovery.
  • Seasonality.
  • Off-peak days.
  • Connecting flights.
  • Freight: Exempted of cargo charge from the 5th of 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:

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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 within a two-hour drive from Santiago Airport (the red 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: 283,100.
  • 60-minute catchment: 1,500,000.
  • 120-minute catchment: 2,500,000.

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
  • Runways: One (3,200m).
  • Operating hours: H-24, all year.
  • Terminals: One (new terminal opened in October 2011 with capacity for up to four million annual passengers).
  • AIP: Aeronautical Information Publication 

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

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Vital statistics

2019 figures

  • Passengers (commercial): 2,200,000 domestic pax; 665,400 international pax.
  • Flights: 99% scheduled; 1% charter
  • Freight: 3,000 tons
  • Largest carriers (Top 5): Ryanair, Vueling, Iberia Express, Air Europa, and easyJet.



Airport charges
Annual report