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Almeria airport

Almería airport is one of the main driving forces behind the tourism potential of Almería province. Set in Almería bay, eight kilometres from the city, it has excellent connections with the other tourist destinations in the province, such as Cabo de Gata, Aguadulce, Roquetas de Mar, El Ejido or Mojácar. It is the third most important Andalusian airport in terms of the number of passengers - after Málaga and Seville and the seventeenth among the Spanish airports.

Over the past decade, the traffic handled by Almería airport has constantly risen, from 484,494 passengers in 1992 to almost half a million in 2000. The number of passengers dropped slightly in 2001, 2002 and 2003, the figures for the latter being 14,918 aircraft movements and over 830,000 passengers.

The airport has one runway, the 08-26, measuring 3,200 by 45 metres, with a maximum admissible capacity of 26 operations per hour. Despite the fact this capacity is sufficient to deal with current traffic, the Directive Plan has found that measures need to be taken with respect to the airfield. Although these will not involve the construction of new runways or the extension of the present one, they will improve the airport's capacity to adapt to the estimated demand. The parking platform measures 77,550 square metres with eleven positions. There is a taxiway parallel to the runway with access to both departure points. In August 2002, the new freight terminal building entered into service. The passenger terminal building, refurbished in 1995, covers 9,400 square metres and has a capacity for 1,300 passengers an hour.

The main actions with regards the airfield are as follows: extension of the taxiway and the construction of a new rapid exit taxiway - both implemented and in service -, the expansion of the apron for commercial aircraft with an area for freight aircraft, the replacement of the current ILS category I (Precision Instrumental Approach System) for a new one and the installation of an approach light system for departure point 08.

As for the terminal building, an extension and refurbishment is being planned to adapt it to future demand. The constructed area after the extension will be about 30,000 square metres. This will mean the airport will be able to deal with the estimated demand, thanks to top quality service.

The privileged characteristics of the location mean that rules and procedures must be established for the environment to continue to be a symbol of the region. Thus, Almería airport has started a campaign to boost the nature setting with investments, such as selective waste collection.

At present, Almería airport is in the process of introducing a quality system which has two objectives: the first, to increase the degree of passenger satisfaction, and the second, to reduce the impact on the environment in which it is immersed.

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