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.
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.
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.
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 - AENA airport
Apdo. de Correos 1553
Airport Code: VGO
Telephone: 0034 986 268 200
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Vigo Airport - AENA airport
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