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Vigo Airport
Aeropuerto de Vigo
Aeroporto de Vigo
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IATA: VGOICAO: LEVX
Summary
Airport type Civil
Owner/Operator AENA
Serves Vigo
Location Vigo, Spain
Elevation AMSL 261 m / 855 ft
Coordinates 42°13′45″N 008°37′39″W / 42.22917°N 8.6275°W / 42.22917; -8.6275 (Vigo Airport)Coordinates: 42°13′45″N 008°37′39″W / 42.22917°N 8.6275°W / 42.22917; -8.6275 (Vigo Airport)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 2,400 7,874 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Passengers 1,278,762
Source: Spanish AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Vigo Airport (IATA: VGOICAO: LEVX) is 8 km (5.0 mi) east[1] from the center of Vigo, and is situated in the municipalities of Redondela, Vigo and Mos, Spain. In 2007, 1.405.968 passengers and 1.953 tonnes of goods passed through the airport.

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History

By 1927 the Spanish Government became aware of the necessity of having a customs airport in Galicia, and as a first step the harbour of Vigo was conditioned for hidroaviation in March 1929 and at the same time a "maritime airport" was built and started operations at nearby Cesantes beach; meanwhile the construction of a larger inland airport at Peinador was initiated. The Town Hall of Vigo underwent the construction with support from several local companies and industries but shortage of funds would have rendered the airport impossible to finish without the unselfish help of citizens from nearby Vigo and the towns of Lavaderos and Mos, who provided services for free in many cases.

The neighbouring Santiago de Compostela Airport, also medium-sized, opened its first regular route with the capital Madrid in 1937; that fact severely hadicapped Vigo airport as its need was greatly reduced, and construction was almost halted. After years of bureaucratic struggle and negotiations from the City Hall of Vigo, the then called Ministerio del Aire fully assumed the construction, re-started in 1947 and completed in 1952. Operations started on 20 April 1954 with a 1,500-meter runway, with Iberia flying a regular route to/from Madrid with Douglas DC-3 aircraft. After a few months Iberia handed the route to Aviaco.

The 1970s increment of traffic led to a further development plan, including the construction in 1973 of a new control tower, a new passenger terminal in 1974, in 1975 an independent power plant and in 1976 the apron space and parking places were both increased and taxiways widened. A few years after the runway was lengthened so DC-9 series aircraft were able to use the airport. As a result, in November 1981 the airport had its first international flight to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.

In 1995 a new terminal building was finished and apron was enlarged again, and in 2004 a major development was the opening of the ILS cat.II/III, much needed due to the usual bad weather and nearby terrain difficulties of the airport, having an average of 80 days of fog per year.

As of April 2009, a new parking zone is undergoing construction, and terminal enlargement is planned due to the great increase in passenger volume in the last years.

(Source: Aviación Comercial magazine, nº21)

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air Europa Madrid, Tenerife-South
Air France operated by Régional Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Iberia Airlines Madrid
Iberia operated by Air Nostrum Bilbao, Valencia
Spanair Barcelona, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Vueling Barcelona, Brussels [begins 29 March]

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