Bilbao Airport – Northern Spain’s Most Important Airport
At a distance of 9 km from the city of Bilbao, Bilbao Airport is a part of Loiu municipality in Biscay and serves as the most important airport in the Basque Country and northern Spain. It is a public airport which is owned and operated by Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (Aena). At an elevation of 42 meter above sea level, the Bilbao Airport has 2 runways measuring 1,450 meters and 2,600 meters. The airport is the second major hub for Vueling and is extremely popular for its new terminal which was designed by Santiago Calatrava and has been operational since 2000. In the year2014, the airport recorded passenger traffic of 4,015,352 and 42,590 aircraft movements.
The airport was established in the year 1928 and was built by the Union of Public Works after conducting various aeronautic experiments in the province of Biscay. The airport served only as a military airport till June 1937 and it was officially opened for general traffic on 19 September 1948. Aviación y Comercio, SA established the first air path till Madrid. The airport underwent numerous phases of expansion and development. A new taxiway with 2 rapid exits was built in 1996 and the airport was equipped with a new tower control in 1999. The government announced the plans of expansion of the runway in February 2009 and the work was completed in 2014 at the cost of €114 million.
The current facility at the Bilbao Airport serves as base for Aer Lingus, Air Berlin, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, easyJet, easyJet Switzerland, Eurowings, Germanwings, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, Volotea and Aer Lingus, Air and Vueling which connects the city directly to multiple destinations across the world.
Till date the airport has not been received any award or recognition for its contributions towards the growth of Biscay’s civil aviation sector.
Routes and Destinations
Dublin, Palma de Mallorca, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife, Paris, Rome, London, Brussels, Munich, Geneva, Dusseldorf, Bristol, Prague, Madrid, Santiago de Compostela, Valencia, Vigo, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Zurich, Athens, Istanbul and Venice are among the many regular as well as seasonal destinations which are connected to Bilbao Airport in Northern Spain.
Why Fly Through This Airport
How to Check-in
At the Bilbao International Airport, check-in timing may vary from one airline to the other and passengers should contact the airline for more details. Most of the airline offers the option of checking-in online or through their mobile phone 24 hours prior to departure. Some airline offers the option of online check-in up to 30 days in advance of the travel date. Counter check-in options are also available at the airport and generally close 1 hour before the schedule departure of domestic flight and 2 hour in case of international flight.
Baggage and Allowance
The limit of baggage allowance is the prerogative of the airline you are travelling with and can vary from one airline to the other. Airlines generally set a 'free baggage allowance', expressed by 'weight' and by 'piece' as per the class of travel, route, government regulations and airline’s safety policy. To know more on how much luggage you can carry, contact the airline’s customer care. In case of excess baggage, passengers need to pay the fee for the same which can be done at the airport. Generally passengers are allowed to check-in anywhere from 23 kg to 32 kg and can carry a maximum of 12 kg as hand luggage. The baggage allowance is also subject to the travel route and class of travel, so check with your airline before travel from the Bilbao International Airport.
Most of the airline flying to and from the Bilbao International Airport offers the option of pre selection of their seat. This can be done when booking your ticket or when checking-in online around 24 hours before the schedule departure of your flight, albeit a fee is levied. Passengers can arrive at the airport early to request for their preferred seat, free of charge, but is subject to availability. Always book yourself a window seat if you want to enjoy the views during lading or takeoff.
Every time you book a ticket online, you attract ‘service fee’ which is levied by the aircraft and can vary from one airline to the other. You can avoid this surcharge by booking your tickets at the airline counter at the airport or by booking your ticket from the airline’s authorized center in your city. It is better to book your ticket online by paying a nominal fee. In case of any query related to cancellation or modification, speak to the airline direct.