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Bilbao Airport photo The Airport at Bilbao was designed by the famous Architect Santiago Calatrava and is a reflection of the modernization of this buzzing, Spanish City that is also home to the Guggenhaim Museum.

The Airport can be found just 12 kms outside the City of Bilbao and in the last 10 years the passenger traffic has more than doubled from 1.6 million passengers in 1995 to just under 3.4 million passengers in 2004. In Spanish it is known as Aeropuerto de Bilbao.

The baggage area at Bilbao Airport is in a bright room on the ground floor of the terminal. After collecting your luggage head for the main Bilbao Airport arrivals hall where you will find directions for the buses and taxis. You will also find a selection of Car Hire companies and tourist information offices within the hall.

On the top floor of the terminal you will find the Bilbao Airport departures hall which has 36 check in desks and is accessed by crossing a five lane (38m) bridge. After checking in the departures lounge has a Duty Free shop and a couple of other gift shops and cafes. Leave plenty of time for the walk to your aircraft as you will pass along a 300m glass sided corrider that gives you a fantastic view of the entire airport terminal.

Bilbao Airport photo

Iberia have a VIP lounge on the 1st Floor of the departure hall and you can call them on 0034 944 869 836. Spanair also have a VIP lounge but on the second floor, 0034 944 869 777.

The Bilbao Airport buses start the service into the City Center at 0615 each morning and run every 30 minutes until midnight. The fares for the 15 minute journey are €1.15.

Bilbao Airport taxis can be found outside the main arrivals hall and the fare for the journey into Bilbao City center is around €20.

Bilbao Airport photo


After various different aeronautic experiments in the province of Vizcaya, in October 1927 steps were taken by the Union of Public Works to establish an airport in Bilbao. A Provincial Board was created to study the possible location of the airport. It was not until 1936 that the General Aeronautics Management authorised the installation of an airport in Sondika. However, due to the many deficiencies of this site, the airport was not considered of interest.

The construction works commenced during the Civil War but during this time and until June 1937 the airport was only used as a base for military activities. In 1938, the second stage of the airport's development began. The council resumed procedures with the government to modify the primitive project of 1936 and the drafting of a new project was authorised and later approved by the General Management of Infrastructure.

Bilbao Airport photo

The airport opens to traffic

In 1940, it was decided by common agreement with the local organisations affected to build a civilian airport in Sondika. The construction works progressed slowly and on the 19th September 1948, the airport was at last opened to daytime traffic with the establishment of an air path to Madrid by Aviación y Comercio, SA. Two years later, the terminal, named Carlos Haya after the well-known pilot from Bilbao, began to give service. At this time, the airport had an asphalt runway, the 11-29 (measuring 1,440 by 45 metres), another earth runway (measuring 1,500 by 150 metres), a taxiway, a passenger terminal, a tower control, a radio beacon, a direction finder as well as police, post office, weather, health, fuel and telephone services. In 1955, a taxiway was built to link the runway with the parking stands and terminal. An apron measuring 124 by 60 metres, a hangar for the Royal Flying Club of Vizcaya and permanent facilities for Campsa were also built.

Between 1964 and 1965, an instrumental ILS landing system and a meteorological radio for storm detection were installed; the runway was extended to 2,000 metres and the apron to 12,000 square metres. In 1975, the runway was surfaced and its orientation became 10-28 due to the change in magnetic declination. In 1977, the parking stand was extended, a link road was built and an ILS system was installed. The runway 12-30, measuring 2,600 metres long, was opened the same year and the airport was classified as first category the following year.

During the eighties, the ILS landing system entered into service for runway 10/30; the communication centre, passenger terminal and parking facilities were enlarged; and a fire service building and cargo terminal were constructed.

In 1996, a new taxiway with two rapid exits and a new aircraft parking apron were built. In May 1999, the new tower control was put into service, which allowed for a more centred vision of the airfield and at the same time facilitated airport operations. On the 19th November 2000, a new terminal area was opened in the north zone. This was comprised of a new terminal building, with a surface area of 32,000 square metres, a car park with 3,000 parking spaces measuring 95,000 square metres and a north apron for aircraft parking to serve the new terminal area

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E - 48180, Loiu / Vizcaya Bilbao

Airport Code: BIO

Telephone: 0034 944 869 664

E-mail: infobio at aena es





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General Info
Country Spain
Time UTC+1(+2DT)
Latitude 43.301097
43° 18' 03.95" N
Longitude -2.910608
002° 54' 38.19" W
Elevation 138 feet
42 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 002° W (01/06)
Daylight Savings Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October

TWR 118.5
GND 121.7
ATIS 118.825
APP 120.7

Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
10/28 6562 x 148 feet
2000 x 45 meters
12/30 8530 x 148 feet
2600 x 45 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME BLV BILBAO 106X 115.9 1.1 NM 103.0

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)

FUEL (NC-100LL, A1)
LGT PAPI Rwy 10 GS 3.6 ; PAPI Rwy 28, 30 GS 3.4 .
OIL 0-117-125
OPR HOURS Opr 0545-2230Z++, 45 min PPR 30 min prior arpt clsd.

Runway 10/28

6562 x 148 feet
2000 x 45 meters

Runway 10
True Heading 097.0
Latitude 43.303347
43° 18' 12.05" N
Longitude -2.937025
002° 56' 13.29" W
Elevation 116.0 feet
35 meters
Slope 0.2°
Landing Distance 6562 feet
2000 meters
Takeoff Distance 6562 feet
2000 meters
Lighting System HIRL

Runway 28
True Heading 277.0
Latitude 43.301264
43° 18' 04.55" N
Longitude -2.912539
002° 54' 45.14" W
Elevation 129.0 feet
39 meters
Slope -0.2°
Landing Distance 6562 feet
2000 meters
Takeoff Distance 6562 feet
2000 meters
Lighting System HIRL

Runway 12/30

8530 x 148 feet
2600 x 45 meters

Runway 12
True Heading 117.0
Latitude 43.306347
43° 18' 22.85" N
Longitude -2.924936
002° 55' 29.77" W
Elevation 119.0 feet
36 meters
Slope 0.0°
Landing Distance 8530 feet
2600 meters
Takeoff Distance 8530 feet
2600 meters
Lighting System CL

Runway 30
True Heading 297.0
Latitude 43.295850
43° 17' 45.06" N
Longitude -2.896297
002° 53' 46.67" W
Elevation 120.0 feet
37 meters
Slope 0.0°
Landing Distance 7021 feet
2140 meters
Takeoff Distance 8530 feet
2600 meters
Displaced Threshold Length 1509 feet
460 meters
Lighting System TDZL


Type ID Channel Freq Country State
VOR-DME BLV 106X 115.9 Spain -
Latitude Longitude Airport
43° 18' 15.77" N
002° 56' 09.16" W

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