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Zaragoza Airport
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Location of Zaragoza Airport
IATA: ZAZICAO: LEZG
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegacion Aerea
Location Zaragoza, Spain
Elevation AMSL 263 m / 863 ft
Coordinates 41°39′58″N 01°02′30″W / 41.66611°N 1.04167°W / 41.66611; -1.04167
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12R/30L 3,718 12,200 Concrete
12L/30R 3,024 9,921 Asphalt
Airport diagram

Zaragoza Airport (IATA: ZAZICAO: LEZG) is a commercial airport near Zaragoza, Spain. It is located 16 kilometres (10 mi) west of Zaragoza, 270 km (168 mi) west of Barcelona, and 262 km (163 mi) northeast of Madrid.

In addition to serving as a commercial airport, Zaragoza is the home of the Spanish Air Force 15th Group. The airport is also utilized by NASA as a contingency landing site for the Space Shuttle in the case of a Transoceanic Abort Landing (TAL).

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History

During the Cold War, the United States Air Force used the facility as Zaragoza Air Base.

The construction work on Zaragoza Airport began in September 1954 with the enlargement and improvement of the existing Spanish Air Force Base located there. United States Navy engineers upgraded the facility for temporary or intermediate use as a war standby base. The first U.S. construction project included strengthening the existing 3,024 m (9,921 ft) runway and adding 304 m (1,000 ft) overruns at each end. Work on a new concrete runway, 61 by 3,718 metres (200 ft × 12,200 ft), with 61 m (200 ft) overruns at each end, began in 1956 and was completed in 1958.

Zaragoza was one of three major USAF Cold War airbases in Spain, the others being Torrejón Air Base near Madrid and Morón Air Base near Seville.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air Europa Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife-South
Iberia operated by Air Nostrum A Coruña, Frankfurt, Madrid, Paris-Orly
Ryanair Alicante, Brussels South-Charleroi, Düsseldorf-Weeze [begins 1 July], London-Stansted, Málaga [begins 24 June], Milan-Orio al Serio, Paris-Beauvais [begins 1 May], Rome-Ciampino
Wizz Air Bucharest-Baneasa [begins 3 July], Cluj Napoca [begins 12 June]
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Cargo airlines

Airlines Destinations
AirBridgeCargo Airlines Moscow, Shanghai-Pudong
British Airways World Cargo Bahrain, Hong Kong, London-Stansted
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai
MK Airlines Entebbe, Tripoli
TNT Airways Liege

Traffic

Zaragoza Airport – Traffic Information
Year Passengers Movements Cargo tons
2000 246,720 (-0,3%) 10,932 (-8,0%) 3,614 (-6,0%)
2001 222,167 (-10,0%) 10,454 (-4,4%) 2,195 (-39,3%)
2002 228,557 (+2,9%) 10,655 (+1,9%) 3,145 (+43,3%)
2003 228,069 (-0,2%) 10,748 (+0,9%) 8,366 (+166,0%)
2004 215,213 (-5,6%) 9,386 (-12,7%) 9,168 (+9,6%)
2005 381,849 (+77,4%) 9,906 (+5,5%) 3,855 (-58,0%)
2006 435,881 (+14,2%) 11,408 (+15,2%) 5,933 (+53,9%)
2007 512,184 (+17,5%) 14,757 (+29,4%) 20,151 (+239,6%)
2008 594,952 (+16,2%) 14,584 (-1,2%) 21,439 (+6,4%)
2009 528,313 (-11,2%) 12,746 (-12,6%) 36,936 (+72,3%)

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