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Vigo is in Galicia on Spain's north eastern coast. The airport is just 9 kms from Vigo's city centre and 28 kms from the city of Pontevedra.

In 2005 just over 1 million passengers passed through Vigo Airport, in 1995 just 391,000 peopel went through Vigo airport.

Unlike many other Spanish Airports most of the passengers passing through this airport came from internal Spanish flights with Iberia and Spanair being the main providers of flights.

Once at the airport it is easy to get around the Vigo arrivals and departures areas. There are a couple of cafes that provide hot and cold snacks and drinks and a small selection of shops selling the usual airport stuff.

Vigo Airport photo

Short term parking at Vigo is expensive for some reason. If you are dropping someone off be quick! The first 10 minutes are free, the first half an hour after this costs €2, each subsequent 30 minutes is another €3 and if you stay for a full 24 hours you will have to pay €60!

The buses from Vigo Airport, route L9, run every 30 minutes from 0600 - 2300. The journey is pretty quick, around 15 minutes and costs just €0.87.

Taxis can also be found just outside the terminal building and as a guide you should expect to pay around €12-16 for a journey into the City center and for further journeys the fares work out at just under €1 per km.

Vigo Airport photo

History

Aviation began in Vigo in 1911 with an air show presented by the Frenchman Jules Verdines. Two additional aviation festivals took place in 1913, in Coya, and in 1919, at the beach in Panjon.

However, commercial aims were not introduced until the 1920s. Then Vigo was the last European port used regularly by steamboats to and from South America, so they carried all correspondence. For that reason, the Air Mail Technical Commission established a Madrid-Salamanca-Porto-Vigo route, but the contract was never awarded to any company.

In 1927, the Government considered that the construction of an aerodrome in Galicia as a customs post would of general public interest. At the same time, the port of Vigo was equipped for hydro-aviation. In March 1929, the seaport and the bay of Vigo were opened to official hydro-aviation air traffic. To complement these facilities, a "maritime airport" was built on Cesantes beach, in the town of Redondela.

Vigo Airport photo

Peinador airport

Meanwhile, the land aerodrome project continued on the land known as "Peinador", near the Vigo-Mondariz tram station. The Vigo city council, with the support of several local companies, encouraged the works, but a lack of funds meant the citizens of Vigo, Lavaderos and Mos were obliged to provide their services free of charge.

The establishment of a regular route at the neighbouring airport of Santiago in 1937 relegated the need for the Vigo airport to the background, and work was brought to a near standstill. However, thanks to the determination of the city council, the Air Ministry once again took charge of the works in 1940.

After declaring the works to be "urgent", the airport was built between 1947 and 1952, the year in which the aeronautical limitations were published. Finally, on 20 April 1954, with the complementary facilities yet to be completed, it opened to full domestic and international tourist civil air traffic. The airport had a 1,500 metre-long runway. Five days later, the first aeroplane landed - a DC-3 from Iberia airlines - and thus the Madrid-Vigo route was inaugurated, which a few months later was taken over by Aviaco.

The airport underwent major reforms in the 1970s. In 1973, the control tower was built; one year later, a new passenger terminal was built; and in 1975, the power plant. In 1976, the apron and its connection to the runway were extended. In the following years, the runway was extended to accommodate operations by the DC-9 jet aeroplanes. Thanks to that, the first international flight took place in November 1981.

In 1995, a new terminal was built and the apron was enlarged. The passenger terminal occupies two floors in the main building and includes the areas for departures, arrivals, catering, shops, services and administration offices. The airport has a runway and an aircraft parking apron, part of which is used as a heliport. There is also a control tower, a cargo terminal, a fire and rescue building, a transmitter station, a general aviation zone and a power plant.

In 2004, the Category II/III Instrument Landing System (ILS) became operational. Peinador became the fifth airport in the Aena network to be equipped with this advanced technology system which makes it possible for aircraft to operate in conditions of reduced visibility and significantly reduces the number of flight diversions and cancellations due to adverse weather conditions (fog and low clouds).

Vigo Airport photo

Vigo Airport - AENA airport

Address:

Apdo. de Correos 1553

36200

Vigo

Airport Code: VGO

Telephone: 0034 986 268 200

URL: http://www.aena.es/vigo

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Vigo Airport
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General Info
Country Spain
ICAO ID LEVX
Time UTC+1(+2DT)
Latitude 42.231800
42° 13' 54.48" N
Longitude -8.626775
008° 37' 36.39" W
Elevation 855 feet
261 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 004° W (01/06)
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS
Daylight Savings Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October


Communications
TWR 118.45
123.5
GND 121.7
SANTIAGO APP 120.2


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
02/20 7874 x 148 feet
2400 x 45 meters
ASPHALT 074FCWT YES


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME VGO VIGO 083X 113.6 5.5 NM 196.3
NDB VON VIGO - 433 2.8 NM 015.8


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)
Oil O-117, 1100, Reciprocating Engine Oil (MIL L 6082)

O-128, 1100,(Dispersant)Reciprocating Engine Oil(MIL L 22851 Type II)


Remarks
CSTMS/IMG Avbl.
FUEL (NC-100LL, A1)
OIL 0-117-125-128
OPR HOURS Opr 0530-2230Z++.
RSTD NORDO proh.

Runway 02/20

7874 x 148 feet
2400 x 45 meters

Runway 02
Surface ASPHALT
True Heading 011.0
Latitude 42.221264
42° 13' 16.55" N
Longitude -8.629661
008° 37' 46.78" W
Elevation 855.0 feet
261 meters
Slope -0.3°
Landing Distance 7874 feet
2400 meters
Takeoff Distance 7874 feet
2400 meters
Lighting System CL
HIRL
REIL
PAPI

Runway 20
Surface ASPHALT
True Heading 191.0
Latitude 42.242500
42° 14' 33.00" N
Longitude -8.623886
008° 37' 25.99" W
Elevation 829.0 feet
253 meters
Slope 0.3°
Landing Distance 7874 feet
2400 meters
Takeoff Distance 7874 feet
2400 meters
Lighting System SF
CL
HIRL
REIL
A4
PAPI

Navaids

VIGO
Type ID Channel Freq Country State
VOR-DME VGO 083X 113.6 Spain -
Latitude Longitude Airport
42.321308
42° 19' 16.71" N
-8.601636
008° 36' 05.89" W
LEVX

Navaids

VIGO
Type ID Channel Freq Country State
NDB VON - 433 Spain -
Latitude Longitude Airport
42.186042
42° 11' 09.75" N
-8.639000
008° 38' 20.40" W
LEVX

Vigo Airport - AENA airport


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