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
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.