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La Palma Airport

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Located 8 kilometres outside Santa Cruz de la Palma, it is a modern airport fully equipped to contribute to the economic growth and development of tourism in the region it serves. In Spanish the airport is knwon as Aeropuerto de La Palma.

Traffic is above all domestic, centring around the airports of Tenerife Norte, Gran Canaria and Madrid-Barajas. Regarding international traffic, its origins and destinations are mainly Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and the United Kingdom.

In 2005, the airport recorded a record 1 million passengers (1,145,569) in the 20,792 operations handled. Cargo traffic totalled 1.4 tonnes.

The airport itself is quite a bit smaller than those of it's nieghbouring islands of gran Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura but there are still just over 1 million passengers passing through this airport each year.

La Palma Airport photo

Most of the passenger traffic at this airport is via domestic flights from Tenerife North, Madrid, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura but there are also quite a lot of flights from Germany and a few charter flights from the UK, Holland and Belgium.

The airport is spread over two floors and has a couple of cafes serving hot food and drinks throughout the day and evening, one of the cafes has a kiddies paly area.

There are also a handfull of shops. Of them, Canarienis is a good sized multishop where you can buy "duty free" cigarettes and alcohol. Unlike mainland Spain the Canary Islands have different restrictions on the amount of Duty Free goods that you are allowed to take to and from the Islands.

The Island is quite small and doesn't have a train service but there is a bus service which will take you into the center of Sant Cruz or you can catch a taxi.

The buses leave from outside the main terminal every 30 minutes between 0815 and 2115 each day. The bus fare is €1 and if you require more information you can call the bus company on 0034 922 411 922.

Taxis into town cost around €10-15 depending on when you are traveling.

La Palma Airport photo


On 19 February 1921, the Ministry of Public Works authorised Gumersindo Acosta Hernández to install an air transport service for the company Marítimo Canaria in the maritime-land area of Tazacorte Beach. This is the first mention of an air service in La Palma. In the fifties, the new economic, educational and health needs gave rise to plans to build a new airport.

The relief of the island, with mountains over 2,300 metres high, made it difficult to find an area of flat land close to the main population centres. A small plain was chosen, located at an altitude of around 350 metres above sea level and about eight kilometres from the capital, Santa Cruz de La Palma. On this plain there was room to build on a strip of land measuring one thousand by one hundred metres. This airport –which would be called Buenavista– was built between 1953 and 1954 and was opened to domestic civil air traffic, international tourist traffic and international technical stopovers on 22nd September 1955.

The air services were carried out by military Junker 52s and a few DC-3s belonging to Iberia, which flew on alternate days to Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Due to the frequent rainfall at the new airport, which made the runway unusable, the Ministry of Aviation had to built a tarmac runway. In the summer of 1956, the airport was closed for resurfacing, which would not finalise until the beginning of 1958. At this time the airport had a tarmac runway, designated 03-21, an aircraft parking apron for one sole aircraft and a wooden hut with a corrugated roof that served as its terminal.

La Palma Airport photo

New location

During the following years, the rain and crossed winds obliged the suspension of operations on more than fifteen occasions. Neither improvements in the drainage, nor the construction of a taxiway improved the situation, as the proximity of the mountains provoked wind changes and stagnant fog. All these circumstances, together with the physical impossibility of improving the airport, led the aeronautical authorities to look for a new location.

An area of land was chosen, parallel to the coast and almost at sea level, in the municipality of Mazo. Once the project had been drawn up, work was carried out to built a runway –designated 01-19– which opened to traffic on 15 April 1970. The entry into service of this strip and the growing increase in traffic made it advisable to construct a breakwater, which, once filled in, provided a flat area large enough to extend the already existing runway at one end. On 1st April 1980 the new runway was opened to traffic.

La Palma Airport photo

La Palma Airport - AENA airport

Address: La Bajita, s/nº. 38738 Villa de Mazo/Sta. Cruz de Tenerife

Telephone: 922 426 140 , 922 426 100

Fax: 922 426 219



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General Info
Country Spain
Time UTC 0(+1DT)
Latitude 28.626478
28° 37' 35.32" N
Longitude -17.755611
017° 45' 20.20" W
Elevation 107 feet
33 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 007° W (01/06)
Daylight Savings Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October

TWR 118.9
GND 121.8
INFO 118.6

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
01/19 7218 x 148 feet
2200 x 45 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
NDB BX LA PALMA - 389 1.5 NM 010.0
DME BV LA PALMA 071X - 1.5 NM 002.0

Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

CAUTION Bird haz. Windshear haz dur westerly winds.
OPR HOURS Opr 0800-2130Z++
RSTD 2 hr PPR 20 min before afld clsd.

Runway 01/19

7218 x 148 feet
2200 x 45 meters

Runway 01
True Heading 359.0
Latitude 28.616589
28° 36' 59.72" N
Longitude -17.755419
017° 45' 19.51" W
Elevation 103.0 feet
31 meters
Slope -0.5°
Landing Distance 7218 feet
2200 meters
Takeoff Distance 7218 feet
2200 meters
Lighting System HIRL

Runway 19
True Heading 179.0
Latitude 28.636364
28° 38' 10.91" N
Longitude -17.755806
017° 45' 20.90" W
Elevation 65.0 feet
20 meters
Slope 0.5°
Landing Distance 7218 feet
2200 meters
Takeoff Distance 7453 feet
2272 meters
Overrun Length 235 feet
72 meters
Overrun Surface CONCRETE.
Lighting System HIRL


Type ID Channel Freq Country State
NDB BX - 389 Spain -
Latitude Longitude Airport
28° 36' 06.07" N
017° 45' 24.62" W


Type ID Channel Freq Country State
DME BV 071X - Spain -
Latitude Longitude Airport
28° 36' 05.77" N
017° 45' 23.72" W

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