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Albacete Airport photo The Order of 15 February 2001 modified the list of military air bases or airdromes open to air traffic, contained in Royal Decree 1167/1995 of 7 July, to include Albacete - Los Llanos air base (besides that of Murcia – San Javier).

In June 2003, to facilitate civilian use of the facilities, Aena opened the Provisional Passenger Area with the approval of the Air Force General Staff. These provisional actions consisted of a provisional passenger terminal, refurbishing of the firefighting services building, adaptation of the aircraft stand on the Maestranza apron, and a garage for firefighting vehicle parking.

Currently, Aena has several actions underway to equip Los Llanos air station (Albacete) with appropriate civil facilities to open it to civil traffic. The aim of these actions is to equip the Albacete airport with modern facilities and infrastructures to allow it to serve the air traffic demand with appropriate levels of safety and quality.

In the six months of 2003 during which it operated, 4,666 passengers passed through the new airport and 257 flights were operated. In 2004, 15,055 passenger used its facilities and 1,309 flight operations were managed. In 2005, the airport recorded 16,006 passengers and 1,184 flight operations.

Albacete Airport photo


Los Llanos airport's origins date back to 1913, when a commission from Guadalajara Air Station Park visited Albacete and requested town council's support and the donation of the necessary land to set up a station for the park. The town council accepted and approved the cession of land situated in the areas known as Los Llanos and La Pulgosa, where the construction of an airdrome and the necessary ancillary buildings was approved. The agreement was passed onto the War Ministry, who officially accepted the offer in 1916, and a few months later approved the airdrome's construction and budgets.

While work was being carried out on the airdrome, a provisional one was built on land near the exhibition centre, which would be occasionally used from 26 May 1916, when the military Madrid-Cartagena raid stopped over in the city. The work on the new airdrome was interrupted owing to the lack of budget from the War Ministry and City Hall's refusal to accept responsibility for it.

In September 1917, the general manager of Military Aviation, explained to Albacete's mayor the need for an airfield between Cuatro Vientos and Los Alcázares, which is why Albacete was chosen for the construction of the airdrome. The town council purchased land on the La Torrecilla estate, which was then ceded to the War Ministry. Military Aviation began the construction of the hangars and adapted the land. This airport was called La Torrecica and was used for the first time by two planes, which arrived in the city in September 1923 for the fiestas that year.

Albacete Airport photo

It was suggested that the Spanish Aviation Company (CEA) should take charge of the training of the official pilots, and that its site would be La Torrecica airdrome. In February 1924, the first course began. La Torrecica thus became the venue of the Elementary Civil Flying School. In 1927, the CEA moved from the airfield to 50 hectare grounds on the Los Llanos estate, where it would build an airfield and a series of ancillary facilities. This was officially inaugurated on 27 April 1929. From then on, the old La Torrecica airdrome was used by some military aircraft and a flying school.

In 1931, owing to the budgetary restrictions in the War Ministry, Army and Navy, the contract with the CEA was rescinded, thereby obliging the company to close its school in October 1932. Nonetheless, the airdrome remained opened to civil traffic.

Albacete Airport photo

During the civil war, the airdrome was used by the military rebels and, from 26 July 1936, by the Republicans. Once the war was over, the Air Force set up the 13th Bomber Squadron in Los Llanos with Katiuska planes from the former Republican aviation. The State acquired the airdrome and the workshops served as a base for Albacete's Air Arsenal. This did not prevent the airport from opening to civil traffic in July 1946. Work was carried out, including the paving and the subsequent extension of runway 28-10, 2,250 by 65 metres.

Due to the scarcity of civil traffic and the fact the air base was increasingly used for military purposes, it was closed to civil traffic in 1955. 10 years later it was reopened for civil use during the day at the request of Albacete Flying Club, which would establish its base there from that time.

In 1991, a non aeronautical event changed the airport's activity. The Albacete Balompié football team moved up to the first division, which is why the commercial aircraft had to land at Los Llanos to transfer the teams from all over the country on the first charter flights to Los Llanos. In 1992, a travel agency began to arrange Albacete – Palma de Mallorca charter flights with great success.

Albacete Airport photo

Albacete Airport - AENA airport


Ctra. Peñas de San Pedro Km. 3,900 02049 Albacete

Telephone: 967 555 700
Fax: 967 555 716

E-mail: opsleab at aena es


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General Info
Country Spain
Time UTC+1(+2DT)
Latitude 38.948528
38° 56' 54.70" N
Longitude -1.863517
001° 51' 48.66" W
Elevation 2302 feet
702 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 001° W (01/06)
Alternate Name LOS LLANOS
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
Daylight Savings Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October

TWR 122.1
GND 121.8
APP 118.725

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
09/27 8858 x 197 feet
2700 x 60 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME VAB ALBACETE 105X 115.8 6.5 NM 089.5
NDB ABT ALBACETE - 321 6.3 NM 089.5

Fuel JP-8, SemiKeroscene MIL Spec T-83133, without icing inhibitor
Oil O-113, 1065, Reciprocating Engine Oil (MIL L 6082)

O-123, 1065,(Dispersant)Reciprocating Engine Oil(MIL L 22851 Type III)

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

O-132, 1005, Jet Engine Oil (MIL L 6081)

A-GEAR 500 S-8 20 min PPR Mon-Fri 0530-1245Z++ exc hol.
LGT PAPI Rwy 09 GS 2.5 . Rwy 09 thld lgts O/S til 26 Apr 06 est.
OIL O-113-123-128-132-138

Runway 09/27

8858 x 197 feet
2700 x 60 meters

Runway 09
True Heading 087.0
Latitude 38.947972
38° 56' 52.70" N
Longitude -1.879056
001° 52' 44.60" W
Elevation 2281.0 feet
695 meters
Slope 0.2°
Landing Distance 8858 feet
2700 meters
Takeoff Distance 10105 feet
3080 meters
Overrun Length 1247 feet
380 meters
Overrun Surface ASPHALT
Lighting System LIRL

Runway 27
True Heading 267.0
Latitude 38.949083
38° 56' 56.70" N
Longitude -1.847944
001° 50' 52.60" W
Elevation 2302.0 feet
702 meters
Slope -0.2°
Landing Distance 8858 feet
2700 meters
Takeoff Distance 10105 feet
3080 meters
Overrun Length 1247 feet
380 meters
Overrun Surface ASPHALT
Lighting System LIRL


Type ID Channel Freq Country State
TACAN TAB 017X - Spain -
Latitude Longitude Airport
38° 56' 44.70" N
001° 51' 48.60" W


Type ID Channel Freq Country State
VOR-DME VAB 105X 115.8 Spain -
Latitude Longitude Airport
38° 56' 37.70" N
002° 00' 09.60" W


Type ID Channel Freq Country State
NDB ABT - 321 Spain -
Latitude Longitude Airport
38° 56' 38.70" N
001° 59' 51.60" W

Albacete Airport - AENA airport

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