Fuerteventura airport gets new extension

Expanded facilities will enable passenger numbers to rise to 7.5 million a year by 2015, for the island destination prized by water sports enthusiasts.

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The Spanish airports and air navigation authority (AENA) has upgraded the airport terminal at Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.

Boosting capacity to meet tourist demand

The project to upgrade the airport has already been completed and is fully operational. The terminal building was extended, various roads and approaches were adapted and the baggage hall was converted into a check-in zone. The improved facilities should benefit both the island’s population and the many international tourists who pass through the airport.

Just over 4 million passengers passed through Fuerteventura airport in 2010. The new capacity created by this extension should enable this figure to rise to 7.5 million by 2015, to meet the growth in traffic from international destinations, especially in Eastern Europe.

Refuelling a struggling island economy

Fuerteventura is the second largest Canary Island after Tenerife. Prized for its year-round warm climate and vast sandy beaches, it is a mecca for surfers, windsurfers, sailors and scuba divers. Besides tourism, the island’s economy is based on fishing and agriculture. However, along with the rest of the Canary Islands, it suffers from high unemployment: in 2010, the region had an unemployment rate of 28.7 %, the second highest of all EU regions after French overseas department La Réunion (28.9 %).

The works to upgrade Fuerteventura’s airport terminal created over 3 000 jobs, while a further 20 694 posts are projected to be created indirectly as a result of the project over the long term.

In detail, the works consisted of an extension to the Arrivals building on the north side, on all three floors, the adaptation of the service road to the building on the air side and of another road opposite the building on the land side, the conversion of the current Arrivals area into a Departures area, relocation and extension of the bus parking area and remodelling of land around the terminal.

Total and EU funding

The project “Ampliación del Área Terminal del Aeropuerto de Fuerteventura” has eligible costs for funding of EUR 55 752 068, to which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 27 876 034 during the programming period 2007-2013.

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