Fuerteventura Airport

Fuerteventura Airport (IATA: FUE, ICAO: GCFV), also known as El Matorral Airport, is an airport serving the Spanish island of Fuerteventura. It is situated in El Matorral, 5 km (3.1 mi) southwest[2][3] of the capital city Puerto del Rosario. The airport has flight connections to over 80 destinations worldwide, and over 5.6 million passengers passed through it in 2016.[1]

Fuerteventura Airport

Aeropuerto de Fuerteventura
Airport typePublic
LocationPuerto del Rosario
Elevation AMSL25 m / 83 ft
Coordinates28°27′10″N 013°51′50″W
Location of airport in Canary Islands
FUE (Fuerteventura)
FUE (Spain, Canary Islands)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 3,406 11,175 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passenger change 18-197.9%
Aircraft Movements47,223
Movements change 18-198.4%
Sources: Passenger Traffic, AENA[1]
Spanish AIP, ENAIRE[2]

The airport has one terminal building with two floors. The ground floor has two sections; one section is for flight arrivals and the other for flight departures. The first floor has the departures lounge and 24 boarding gates. In total, the terminal covers over 92,000 m² and it has the capacity to handle 8.2 million passengers per year.[4]


Early years

The airport was opened officially on 14 September 1969. The first plane to touch down on the new runway was an Iberia Fokker F27, which flew the route Gran Canaria-Fuerteventura-Lanzarote.[citation needed]

In 1973, El Matorral Airport began to operate its first flights to European countries with the airline Condor, which linked the German city of Düsseldorf directly with Puerto del Rosario. In the following years, the airport experienced considerable growth in the number of operations, which resulted in a series of improvements, starting in 1978, to ensure that the working of the aerodrome continued to meet the needs of the passengers.[citation needed]

Development since the 1990s

In 1994, construction started on a new terminal building, an aircraft apron, a taxiway parallel to the runway, a power plant and a new access road. The works were completed with the extension of the car park and a detour on the Puerto de Rosario-Matorral, road adding some two kilometres, of which 1.5 are double lane. With the new facilities it was possible to attend around five million passengers a year and manage around 3,100 passengers per hour during rush-hour periods.[5]

Airlines and destinations

Aerial view
Terminal exterior
Puerto del Rosario Airport
View from the exterior
Control tower
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin[6]
Air Europa Asturias, Madrid
Atlantic Airways Billund
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria, La Palma,[7] Tenerife–North
Brussels Airlines Brussels
CanaryFly Gran Canaria, Tenerife–North
Condor Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart
Corendon Airlines Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf,[8] Erfurt/Weimar, Friedrichshafen, Hamburg, Hannover,[9] Munich, Münster/Osnabrück, Nuremberg, Rostock, Saarbrücken, Weeze[10]
Corendon Dutch Airlines Amsterdam
easyJet Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin, Bordeaux,[11] Bristol, London–Gatwick, Milan–Malpensa
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Belfast–International, Edinburgh,[12] Geneva, Hamburg, Liverpool, London–Luton,[13] Lyon, Manchester (begins 2 November 2021),[14] Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Nuremberg, Salzburg, Stuttgart,[15] Vienna
Enter Air Charter: Katowice,[16] Warsaw–Chopin[16]
Seasonal charter: Gdańsk,[16] Rzeszów,[16] Wrocław[16]
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Leipzig/Halle[17]
Holiday Europe[18] Seasonal charter: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Leipzig/Halle, Munich
Iberia Express Madrid
Iberia Regional Seasonal: Seville, Valencia
Jet2.com Belfast–International, Birmingham, Bristol,[19] East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Lufthansa Seasonal: Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Neos Bologna, Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino, Verona
Novair Charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal charter: Gothenburg, Karlstad, Malmö, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stavanger, Växjö
Ryanair Barcelona, Bergamo, Berlin, Birmingham, Charleroi, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Madrid, Manchester, Pisa, Santiago de Compostela,[20] Seville, Valencia[21]
Seasonal: Bologna, Rome–Fiumicino (begins 1 August 2021),[22] Vienna, Weeze
Scandinavian Airlines Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Luleå, Stockholm–Arlanda
Smartwings Prague
Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin (begins 4 November 2021)[23]
Sundair Seasonal charter: Berlin,[24] Kassel[24]
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon[25]
Transavia Amsterdam
Seasonal: Paris–Orly
TUI Airways Birmingham, Bristol, London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: East Midlands (ends 27 October 2021)[26]
TUI fly Belgium Brussels, Lille
TUI fly Deutschland Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Nuremberg,[27] Saarbrücken, Stuttgart
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam, Rotterdam
Volotea Bordeaux, Lyon,[28] Marseille, Nantes, Toulouse
Vueling Barcelona, Bilbao, Málaga, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Valencia
Seasonal: Alicante[29]
Wizz Air Doncaster/Sheffield,[30][31] Dortmund,[32] Katowice, London–Luton, Milan–Malpensa,[33] Naples (begins 15 September 2021),[34] Rome–Fiumicino,[35] Warsaw–Chopin (begins 24 September 2021)[36]


See source Wikidata query and sources.

PassengersAircraft movementsCargo (tonnes)
2000 3,467,61431,6634,487
2001 3,577,63830,4713,837
2002 3,620,57632,5203,712
2003 3,919,22439,6953,694
2004 3,917,10939,8653,639
2005 4,071,87540,4153,178
2006 4,458,71144,0443,196
2007 4,629,87744,8703,127
2008 4,492,00344,5522,722
2009 3,738,49236,4291,913
2010 4,173,68639,4371,710
2011 4,948,01844,5511,557
2012 4,399,02337,7721,214
2013 4,259,34135,4981,022
2014 4,764,63240,066978
2015 5,027,41539,307937
2016 5,676,32345,456945
2017 6,049,29148,216946
2018 6,118,89351,541874
2019 5,635,41747.223735
Source: Aena Statistics[1]


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