Gran Canaria Airport, or Aeropuerto de Gran Canaria in Spanish, is a passenger airport located on the island of Gran Canaria. Some also refer to this freight airport as the Gando Airport. It belongs to the Spanish air-transport network, which is owned and managed by a public enterprise called AENA.
The airport serves as the operative base for Binter Canarias, Islas Airways, NAYSA, Norwegian Air Shuttle, and Ryanair. There are, however, many other airlines that operate at the airport, with charter flights running to Cape Verde and Gambia exclusively during winter.
You can find the airport in the eastern part of Gran Canaria on Bahia de Gando (Bay of Gando). It is located 19 km (12 miles) south of center Las Palmas de Gran Canaria city and 25 km (16 miles) from some of the famous tourist spots in the south. Several island roadways lead from everywhere in the island.
You can choose to take the special bus or taxi service remains. The latter remains to be the most efficient way, as it is the most accessible mode of transportation offered in low fares. GC1, Gran Canaria’s main motorway, runs directly past the airport to provide fast transport links to the North in Las Palmas, at the same time to the popular tourist resorts in the South. It has been widened many times towards the South as early as 1980 to keep up with the worsening traffic condition brought about by tourism.
In 2011, Gran Canaria Airport took in over 10.5 million passengers. It was an 11.1% increase compared to the previous year, as it included 23,700 million tonnes of cargo. The airport today continues to be a significant connecting airport for passengers heading to West Africa (Western Sahara, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal, and Cape Verde), as well as to the Atlantic Isles of Madeira and Açores.
Interestingly, Gran Canaria Airport used to be an official alternative or emergency landing site for the NASA space shuttle back before the Space Shuttle program ended in July 2011.