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Seville Airport
Aeropuerto de Sevilla
Airport type Public
Operator Aena
Serves Seville
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 34 m / 112 ft
Coordinates 37°25′05″N 005°53′56″W / 37.41806°N 5.89889°W / 37.41806; -5.89889 (Seville Airport)Coordinates: 37°25′05″N 005°53′56″W / 37.41806°N 5.89889°W / 37.41806; -5.89889 (Seville Airport)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 3,360 11,024 Concrete/Asphalt
Seville Airport main terminal building, view from the runway

Seville Airport[2] (Spanish: Aeropuerto de Sevilla)[3] (IATA: SVQICAO: LEZL) is the main airport for Seville and is Andalusia’s second airport, behind Málaga. San Pablo airport has is catchment overshadowed by Faro Airport, located in Portugal. Also known as San Pablo Airport[citation needed], it is located 10 km (6.2 mi) northwest[1] of Seville. The airport handles over 4.5 million passengers (AENA 2007) and 6,500 tonnes of cargo pass through it. It has one terminal and one runway.

Construction of the airport began in 1915, and by 1919 the first commercial flights had started. At the start of Spanish Civil War it was the arrival point for Spanish Legion troops. During 1940s, the airport was designated a custom post for international traffic, primarily to South America, and was largely reconstructed. Furthermore, extensive rebuilding of the airport between 1989 and 1992 facilitated the arrival of many visitors for EXPO'92.

Seville Airport is situated on the A4 motorway (known as E05 in the International E-road network) which connects Seville with Madrid. The motorways around Seville provide relatively easy access to Jerez, Málaga, Cádiz, Huelva and into Portugal. It is served by half-hourly buses to the centre of Seville, stopping at Santa Justa railway station and Puerta de Jerez, which take about 40 minutes. The buses run from 06.15 to 23.00.

It is one of many bases for the Spanish low cost carrier Vueling



In 1914, the first plane flying between the peninsula and Morocco landed at the improvised aerodrome of Tablada, which had been fitted out the previous year for an air festival. Following this, the municipal government of Seville handed over a plot of land measuring 240,000 m2 (2,600,000 sq ft) to the Military Aeronautical Society for the construction of an aerodrome. Work on the aerodrome began in 1915 and that same year it began to be used for training pilots and observers.

In 1919 the first commercial flights were operated between Seville and Madrid. The following year, an air postal service was established between Seville and Larache and in 1921, the first Spanish commercial service between Seville and Larache was set up. In 1923, various facilities such as hangars, workshops and premises were opened and approval was given for the construction of a municipal airport in Tablada at one end of the military aerodrome airfield, measuring 750 by 500 m (2,460 by 1,640 ft).

In April of 1927, Unión Aérea Española established the air service Madrid-Seville-Lisbon. In February of 1929, the Seville airport project was approved and in March, the Tablada aerodrome was opened to flights and air traffic. It was decided that this service would cease once the planned airport was constructed.

In 1929 the first flight was operated between Madrid and Seville and in 1930, this was extended to the Canary Islands. In February of 1931, the service between Berlin and Barcelona was extended to Seville. In December 1933, the LAPE airline began a service between Seville and the Canary Islands.

During the Spanish civil war, Seville became the arrival point for African troops, whilst Iberia served air transport with flights between Tetuán-Seville-Vitoria, Seville-Salamanca and Seville-Larache-Las Palmas.

In September 1945, works began on the Seville transoceanic airport, with the construction of runways 05/23, 02/20 and 09/27. One year later, it was classified as a customs point and runways 05/23 and 02/20 were asphalted. In 1948, a goniometer was installed, the runway lighting was completed, and the runways became known as 04/22, 18/36 and 09/27. In 1956, runway 09/27 was extended and runway 18/36 became a taxiway.

In 1957, works were carried out on the terminal building and the control tower. Seville Airport was then included in the Hispanic American Agrement for the installation of a supplies base. The facilities were developed near the threshold of 04, rendering the runway out of service.

In 1965 an Instrument Landing System was installed. Between 1971 and 1975, the terminal area was renovated, the apron was extended, a new terminal building was constructed and new access roads were developed.

In 1989, with a focus on the 1992 Universal Exposition, the apron was extended, and a new access from the national motorway N-IV was opened; a new terminal building and a new control tower to the south of the runway were also built. On 31 July, the new installations were inaugurated.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air Berlin Palma de Mallorca
Air Europa Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife-North
Ándalus Líneas Aéreas Nador
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Flylink Express Madrid-Cuatro Vientos
Iberia Madrid
Iberia operated by Air Nostrum Alicante, Almeria, Asturias, Bilbao, Lanzarote, La Palma, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Valencia
Ryanair Bologna, Bristol, Cagliari, Dublin, Fez, Girona, Hahn, Liverpool [seasonal], London-Stansted, Malta [begins 18 May], Marrakech, Milan-Orio al Serio, Pisa, Reus, Rome-Ciampino, Weeze
Spanair Barcelona, Lanzarote
TAP Portugal operated by Portugália Lisbon France Paris-Orly
Vueling Airlines A Coruña, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bilbao, Brussels, Casablanca, Ibiza, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, London-Heathrow, Paris-Orly, Rome-Fiumicino, Tenerife-North, Valencia, Venice-Marco Polo
XL Airways France Paris-Charles de Gaulle [seasonal]


Passenger numbers (in thousands) and operations since 2000:

Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Passengers (thousands) 2,116 2,205 2,042 2,270 2,679 3,521 3,872 4,507
Operations 38,086 38,848 36,124 38,483 44,231 55,423 58,576 65,087


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