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Girona-Costa Brava Airport
Aeroport de Girona
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IATA: GROICAO: LEGE
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (AENA)
Location Girona, Catalonia, Spain
Elevation AMSL 143 m / 468 ft
Coordinates 41°54′03″N 002°45′38″E / 41.90083°N 2.76056°E / 41.90083; 2.76056 (Girona-Costa Brava Airport)Coordinates: 41°54′03″N 002°45′38″E / 41.90083°N 2.76056°E / 41.90083; 2.76056 (Girona-Costa Brava Airport)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 2,400 7,874 Asphalt
Source: Spanish AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Ryanair at Girona airport

Girona-Costa Brava Airport (IATA: GROICAO: LEGE) is an airport located 12.5 km (7.8 mi) southwest[1] 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,[citation needed] 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 dealt with only 275,000 passengers; but in the last six years the number of passengers increased ten times from 557,000 in 2002 to 5,507,000 in 2008.[2]

Many people use Girona Airport as an alternative airport for Barcelona, though the airport is 92 km (57 mi) [3] north of Barcelona. Passengers can transfer to Barcelona by bus or taxi from the airport, or by train from Girona railway station.

Ryanair have a major base here. It is Ryanair's third largest in Europe and from May 2010 Ryanair will operate 62 routes from Girona

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Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Ándalus Líneas Aéreas Minorca [begins 29 March], Nador
Jetairfly Brussels [seasonal]
Ryanair Aarhus [seasonal], Alghero, Altenburg [seasonal], Billund, Birmingham, Bologna, Bournemouth, Bratislava [seasonal], Bremen, Bristol, Brussels South-Charleroi, Cagliari, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Fez, Gdánsk [begins 3 May], Glasgow-Prestwick, Gothenburg-City [seasonal], Granada [ends 4 May], Hahn, Ibiza, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Kaunas [begins 4 May], Lanzarote, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Leeds/Bradford, Lille [resumes 5 May], Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Lübeck [seasonal], Maastricht/Aachen, Madrid, Malaga, Malta, Marrakech, Memmingen, Milan-Orio al Serio, Newcastle upon Tyne, Oslo-Rygge, Oslo-Torp, Palma de Mallorca, Paris-Beauvais, Perugia [seasonal], Pescara, Pisa, Porto, Poznań, Rome-Ciampino, Seville, Stockholm-Skavsta, Tenerife-South, Trapani, Turin, Venice-Treviso, Dusseldorf-Weeze, Wrocław
Star1 Airlines Vilnius [seasonal]
Thomas Cook Airlines (Belgium) Brussels [seasonal]
Thomson Airways Birmingham, London-Gatwick, Manchester [all seasonal]
Transavia.com Amsterdam, Rotterdam [seasonal]
Smart Wings Brno, Ostrava [both resumes 12 June]]

Statistics

Passenger numbers 1997 to 2008:

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 4,848,604
2008 5,507,294

To and around the airport

Girona Airport is convenient for the resorts along the Costa Brava, such as Lloret de Mar, l'Estartit and Blanes. It is 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 resorts of Andorra.

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By car

The airport is served by three main roads:

By bus

There are 4 bus lines operating in the airport:

By train

The closest train station to the airport is in Girona. The closest train stop is in Riudellots, 4 km away from the airport.[4] There is a project to build a station for the future AVE line LGV Perpignan-Figueres, currently (2008) under construction.

Incidents and accidents

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 metres 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 metre 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.[5] [6]

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