Girona Airport

Girona-Costa Brava Airport

Girona-Costa Brava Airport is an airport located 12 km south of the city of Girona, next to the small village of Vilobí d'Onyar, in the north-east of Catalonia, Spain. It is well connected to the Costa Brava, Barcelona and the Pyrenees.

The airport was built in 1965, but passenger traffic was modest. The early 2000s saw passenger numbers grow spectacularly after Ryanair chose Girona as one of its European hubs. In 1993 Girona Airport only dealt with 275,000 passengers but by 2007 that number had escalated to more than 4.8 million passengers.

Many people use Girona Airport as an alternative airport for Barcelona, though the airport is 92 km (57.5 miles) north of Barcelona. Passengers can transfer to Barcelona by bus or taxi from the airport, or by train from Girona train station.

Statistics

Passenger numbers 1997 to 2007:

Year Passengers
1997 533,445
1998 610,607
1999 631,235
2000 651,402
2001 622,410
2002 557,187
2003 1,448,796
2004 2,962,988
2005 3,533,567
2006 3,614,223
2007 4,848,619

To and around the airport

From Girona Airport you can easily reach the resorts along the Costa Brava, places such as Lloret de Mar, l'Estartit, Blanes. You are also only about a 40 minute drive from the French border and many people use Girona Airport as a way of getting to the Pyrenees and the Ski Resort of Andorra.

By car

The airport is served by three main roads:

By bus

There are 4 bus lines operating in the airport:

By train

There is no train station at the airport. The closest one is in Girona city. There is a project to build a station for the future AVE line Barcelona-France (Spanish TGV).

Airliner crash, 1999

On 14 September 1999, at 21:47 UTC, a Boeing 757-204 charter flight from Cardiff, Wales, UK, with 236 passengers and 9 crew left the runway when landing in a storm and broke apart. After leaving the runway, it ran 343 meters across flat grassland beside the runway, before going diagonally over a substantial earth mound adjacent to the airport boundary, becoming semi-airborne as a result. Beyond the mound it hit and severed a number of medium sized trees and the right engine struck the boundary fence. The aircraft then yawed considerably to the right, passed through the fence, re-landed in a field and both main landing gears collapsed. It finally stopped after a 244 meter slide across the field.

Damage was substantial: the fuselage was broken in two places and the landing gear and both engines detached. Remarkably, there were no immediate fatalities but 44 people, including the aircraft´s captain, received hospital treatment for severe to minor injuries.

Airlines and destinations

  • Jetairfly (Brussels) [seasonal]
  • Ryanair (Aarhus, Alghero, Altenburg, Basel, Billund, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bologna-Forli, Bournemouth, Bratislava, Bremen, Bristol, Brno, Brussels-Charleroi, Cagliari, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dublin, Durham Tees Valley, East Midlands, Eindhoven, Fez, Frankfurt-Hahn, Fuerteventura, Glasgow-Prestwick, Gothenburg-City, Granada, Graz, Hamburg-Lübeck, Ibiza [begins 4 November], Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Leeds/Bradford [begins 1 October], Linz, Liverpool, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Maastricht, Madrid, Malta, Manchester, Marrakech, Milan-Bergamo, Newcastle, Newquay, Oslo-Torp, Palma de Mallorca [begins 19 December], Paris-Beauvais, Pescara, Pisa, Porto, Poznań, Rome-Ciampino, Shannon, Stockholm-Skavsta, Tenerife-South, Trapani, Turin [begins 28 October], Venice-Treviso, Weeze, Wrocław)
  • Smart Wings (Brno, Ostrava, Prague)
  • Spanair (Madrid, Ibiza [seasonal], Mahon [seasonal], Palma de Mallorca [seasonal])
  • Thomas Cook Airlines (Belfast-International, Birmingham, Manchester) [seasonal]
  • Thomsonfly (Birmingham, Cardiff, London-Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle) [seasonal]
  • transavia.com (Amsterdam, Paris-Orly, Rotterdam)
  • Wizz Air (Budapest[seasonal], Gdańsk[seasonal], Katowice, Sofia)

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