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Seville Airport

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Seville Airport

Aeropuerto de Sevilla
Aena Seville.svg
Finger SVQ.jpg
Airport typePublic
ServesSeville, Andalusia, Spain
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL34 m / 112 ft
Coordinates37°25′05″N 005°53′56″W / 37.41806°N 5.89889°W / 37.41806; -5.89889
Seville Airport is located in Andalusia
Seville Airport
Seville Airport
Location within Andalusia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 3,360 11,024 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passenger change 17–18Increase 18.2%
Aircraft movements64,110
Movements change 17–18Increase10.7%
Cargo (t)9,891
Cargo change 17-18Decrease 21.0%
Source: AENA[1]

Seville Airport (IATA: SVQ, ICAO: LEZL)[1] (Spanish: Aeropuerto de Sevilla)[2] is the sixth busiest inland airport in Spain. It is the main international airport serving Western Andalusia in southern Spain, and neighbouring provinces. The airport has flight connections to 42 destinations around Europe and Northern Africa, and handled 7,544,473 passengers in 2019.[3] It serves as a base for the low-cost carriers Vueling and Ryanair.[4] It is 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) east of central Seville, and some 110 kilometres (68 mi) north-east of Costa de la Luz.

The Seville airport is also known as San Pablo Airport to distinguish it from the older Tablada airport, which was in operation as military aerodrome until 1990.


Seville Airport is capable of handling six million passengers a year. There are 23 stands (all of them are self-maneuvering) of which 16 are remote, with 42 check-in desks and 16 boarding gates. Since its last enlargement in 1991 for the Seville Expo '92, the airport has undergone minor extension works. 2013 saw the opening of a new car parking building with five floors. It is currently being remodeled to expand its capacity to ten million passengers a year, completion of the works by 2021.

In the airport grounds there is an Airbus factory (San Pablo Sur), an Airbus maintenance center (San Pablo Norte) and a Ryanair maintenance center.


In 1914, the first plane flying between the peninsula and Morocco landed at the improvised aerodrome of Tablada, which had been fitted out the previous year for an air festival. Following this, the municipal government of Seville handed over a plot of land measuring 240,000 m2 (2,600,000 sq ft) to the Military Aeronautical Society for the construction of an aerodrome. Work on the aerodrome began in 1915 and that same year it began to be used for training pilots and observers.

In 1919, the first commercial flights were operated between Seville and Madrid. The following year, an air postal service was established between Seville and Larache and in 1921, the first Spanish commercial service between Seville and Larache was set up. In 1923, various facilities such as hangars, workshops and premises were opened and approval was given for the construction of a municipal airport in Tablada at one end of the military aerodrome airfield, measuring 750 by 500 m (2,460 by 1,640 ft).

In April 1927, Unión Aérea Española established the air service Madrid-Seville-Lisbon. In February 1929, the Seville airport project was approved and in March, the Tablada aerodrome was opened to flights and air traffic. It was decided that this service would cease once the planned airport was constructed.

In 1929, the first flight was operated between Madrid and Seville and in 1930, this was extended to the Canary Islands. In February 1931, the service between Berlin and Barcelona was extended to Seville. In December 1933, LAPE began a service between Seville and the Canary Islands.

During the Spanish civil war, Seville became the arrival point for African troops, whilst Iberia served air transport with flights between Tetuán-Seville-Vitoria, Seville-Salamanca and Seville-Larache-Las Palmas.

In September 1945, works began on the new Seville transoceanic airport in the land area that occupied the old blimp mooring station, which received the last flight in 1936.[5] The works started with construction of runways 05/23, 02/20 and 09/27. One year later, it was classified as a customs point and runways 05/23 and 02/20 were asphalted. In 1948, a goniometer was installed, the runway lighting was completed, and the runways became known as 04/22, 18/36 and 09/27. In 1956, runway 09/27 was extended and runway 18/36 became a taxiway. Tablada was relegated to serve as a military aerodrome, until its closure in 1990.[6]

In 1957, works were carried out on the terminal building and the control tower. Seville Airport was then included in the Spanish American Agreement for the installation of a supplies base. The facilities were developed near the threshold of 04, rendering the runway out of service.

In 1965, an Instrument Landing System was installed. Between 1971 and 1975, the terminal area was renovated, the apron was extended, a new terminal building was constructed and new access roads were developed.

In 1989, with a focus on the Seville Expo '92, the apron was extended, and a new access from the national motorway N-IV was opened; a new terminal building and a new control tower to the south of the runway were also built. The old terminal was repurposed as a cargo terminal. On 31 July, the new installations were inaugurated.

The new terminal expansion program was begun in 2019 to cope with rapid passenger growth and increase its capacity to 10 million passenger by year.

Airlines and destinations

Air Europa Madrid, Tenerife–North
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
British Airways London–Gatwick
easyJet Geneva, London–Gatwick
Seasonal: Lyon, Nice, Toulouse
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Iberia Express Madrid
Iberia Regional Almería, Madrid, Melilla, Valencia
Seasonal: Lanzarote
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Ryanair Barcelona, Bari, Beauvais, Bergamo, Billund (begins 2 November 2021),[7] Bologna, Bordeaux, Bristol, Brussels, Budapest, Cagliari, Catania, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Fez, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (begins 2 November 2021),[8] Krakow, Lanzarote, Lisbon, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Malta, Manchester, Marrakesh, Marseille, Milan–Malpensa, Nantes, Naples, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, Porto, Rabat, Rome–Fiumicino, Santiago de Compostela, Tangier, Tenerife–South, Toulouse, Treviso, Valencia, Vienna, Vitoria
Seasonal: Agadir (begins 5 November 2021),[9] Alghero, Menorca, Turin (begins 31 October 2021)[10]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Stockholm–Arlanda
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Transavia Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Montpellier, Nantes, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Lyon
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Volotea Asturias, Bilbao, Santander
Vueling A Coruña, Asturias, Barcelona, Bilbao, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Marrakesh, Palma de Mallorca, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Rome–Fiumicino, Tenerife–North, Valencia
Seasonal: Menorca, Santiago de Compostela
Wizz Air Bucharest


Seville Airport in 1946
Seville Airport in 1946
Check-in area
Check-in area
Gate area
Gate area
Cargo Terminal
Cargo Terminal

Busiest routes

Rank City Passengers (2013) Passengers (2014) Change Carriers
1 Barcelona 787,402 808,888 Increase02.7% Ryanair, Vueling
2 Paris 336,458 351,623 Increase04.5% Ryanair, Transavia France, Vueling
3 Madrid 241,069 244,619 Increase01.5% Iberia Express
4 Majorca 198,564 239,423 Increase020.6% Air Europa, Ryanair, Vueling
5 London 195,480 236,250 Increase020.9% easyJet, Ryanair, British Airways
6 Tenerife 190,044 185,756 Decrease02.3% Air Europa, Ryanair, Vueling
7 Gran Canaria 177,580 177,977 Increase00.2% Air Europa, Ryanair, Vueling
8 Bilbao 149,691 144,249 Decrease03.6% Vueling
9 Rome 104,877 138,749 Increase032.3% Ryanair, Vueling
10 Brussels 98,758 133,004 Increase034.7% Brussels Airlines, Ryanair

Passengers and movements

Number of
passengers[note 1]
Number of
movements[note 2]
Seville Airport passenger totals
1997–2020 (millions)
1997 1,542,761 19,992
1998 1,595,692 21,911
1999 1,688,539 23,275
2000 2,037,353 25,701
2001 2,205,117 38,848
2002 2,042,068 36,124
2003 2,269,565 38,483
2004 2,678,595 44,231
2005 3,521,112 55,423
2006 3,871,785 58,576
2007 4,507,264 65,092
2008 4,392,148 65,067
2009 4,051,392 55,601
2010 4,224,718 54,499
2011 4,959,359 56,021
2012 4,292,020 48,520
2013 3,687,714 41,591
2014 3,884,146 42,380
2015 4,308,845 46,086
2016 4,624,038 45,838
2017 5,108,807 48,661
2018 6,380,483 57,913
2019 7,544,357 64,112
2020 2,315,610 33,633 Source: AENA[11]

Ground transportation

Public transport

Urban Transport Line of Seville Airport Airport Express connects the bus station

Aiga bus on green circle.svg Plaza de Armas, in the centre of the city with the airport. It has intermediate stops at strategic points of the city, including the AVE train station of
Santa Justa. The whole trip takes approximately 40 minutes. Buses run from 04.30 till 00.45.[12]

Incidents and accidents

  • On 20 April 2011 a Vueling Airbus A320-200 EC-GRH operating flight VY2220 with 150 from Barcelona to Seville aborted landing due to the nose gear stuck in a 90 degrees position the aircraft performed a low approach and the aircraft made a safe emergency landing on runway 27.
  • The 2015 Seville A400M crash took place near to the airport.


  1. ^ Number of passengers including domestic and international.
  2. ^ Number of movements represents total takeoffs and landings during that year.


  1. ^ Official airport website, in English Archived 2012-03-01 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Official airport website, in Spanish Archived 2007-11-09 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "El Aeropuerto de Sevilla cerró 2019 con 7,5 millones de pasajeros -". AENA. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Ryanair to open Seville base".
  5. ^ "San Pablo cumple 80 años". Diario de Sevilla (in Spanish). 11 July 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Un siglo de historia del acuartelamiento de Tablada". Diario de Sevilla (in Spanish). 27 February 2020. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
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  11. ^ "TRÁFICO DE PASAJEROS, OPERACIONES Y CARGA EN LOS AEROPUERTOS ESPAÑOLES –" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Airport Bus Timetable" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 June 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2015.

External links

Media related to San Pablo Airport at Wikimedia Commons

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