Girona–Costa Brava Airport

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Girona–Costa Brava Airport
Aeroport de Girona-Costa Brava
Girona-Costa Brava Airport - View from plane.JPG
Airport type Public
Owner Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (AENA)
Serves Girona, the Costa Brava
and Barcelona, Spain
Elevation AMSL 143 m / 469 ft
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GRO is located in Catalonia
Location within Catalonia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 2,400 7,874 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 2,736,867
Passenger change 12–13 Decrease3.8%
Aircraft Movements 27,050
Movements change 12–13 Decrease2.3%
Source: AENA[1]

Girona–Costa Brava Airport (IATA: GROICAO: LEGE) (Catalan: Aeroport de Girona-Costa Brava, Spanish: Aeropuerto de Girona-Costa Brava) is an airport located 12.5 km (7.8 mi) southwest[2] of the city of Girona, next to the small village of Vilobí d'Onyar, in the north-east of Catalonia, Spain. The airport is well connected to the Costa Brava and the Pyrenees. Girona Airport is used as an alternative airport for Barcelona as well, even though the airport is 92 km (57 mi)[3] north of Barcelona.


The airport was built in 1965,[4] 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; in the six years from 2002 to 2008 passenger numbers increased by nearly ten times from just over 500,000 to more than 5.5 million, but half of these were lost again in the next 4 years until 2012 with only 2.8 million passengers.[5] 2014 saw less than 2.2 million passengers pass through the airport.


The airport consists of one two-storey passenger terminal building. On the ground floor there are 33 check-in desks, with 11 boarding gates on the first floor for both domestic and international flights.[6] Food is available in the departures area of the airport, as well as a few shops.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air Malta Seasonal charter: Malta
operated by Air Serbia
Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Danish Air Transport Seasonal charter: Billund
Europe Airpost Seasonal charter: Marseille
Evelop Airlines Seasonal charter: Alicante
FlyEgypt Seasonal charter: Cairo
operated by Skytaxi
Seasonal charter: Dole
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels Seasonal: Glasgow-International (begins 20 May 2016), Manchester (begins 20 May 2016), Newcastle upon Tyne (begins 20 May 2016)
Luxair Seasonal charter: Luxembourg
Ryanair Alghero, Bratislava, Bremen, Cagliari, Eindhoven, Hahn, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Kraków, Marrakesh (ends 26 March 2016), Pescara, Pisa, Rabat, Weeze, Wrocław
Seasonal: Beauvais, Billund, Bournemouth, Brindisi, Bristol, Charleroi, Cork, Dortmund, Dublin, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Maastricht/Aachen, Malta, Manchester, Memmingen, Palma de Mallorca, Perugia, Poznań, Tallinn, Thessaloniki, Trapani
Smart Lynx Airlines Seasonal: Riga
operated by Travel Service
Seasonal: Prague
Thomson Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, London–Gatwick, Manchester
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam, Rotterdam


Check-in area
Apron view
Control tower

The following table shows total passenger numbers at Girona Airport from 1997 to date.

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
2009 5,286,970
2010 4,863,785
2011 3,007,649
2012 2,844,571
2013 2,736,867
2014 2.160.646
Source: Aena Statistics[5]

Ground transportation

Alongside being an alternative option to Barcelona 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.

By car

The airport is served by three main roads:

By bus

There are 6 bus lines operating in the airport:

By train

The closest main line railway station to the airport is in Girona. The closest railway station is in fact Riudellots Halt, 4 km away from the airport.[7] There is a project to build a station for the AVE line LGV Perpignan–Figueres.

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, landed again in a field, and its 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.[8][9]


  1. Informes Anuales – 2012 – AENA
  2. Spanish AIP (AENA)
  3. ViaMichelin : Itinéraire, Route, Plan, Carte de France, Plan de Ville, Carte Europe
  4. "AENA Girona-Costa Brava Historia". Retrieved 9 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 AENA passenger statistics and aircraft movements
  6. Girona Airport
  7. 3 PM Barcelona to Cerbere train schedule
  8. "Special Bulletin S1/2000 – Boeing 757–204, G-BYAG" (PDF). Air Accidents Investigation Branch. 2000.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "BBC report of air crash". BBC. 16 September 1999.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

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