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General Description of Lanzarote Airport (ACE)
Lanzarote Airport is just about 5 kilometers to the southwest of Arrecife town. Because it serves millions of tourists each year, the airport plays an important role on the tourism development of Lanzarote. There are regular flights connecting passengers to other airports in Europe. Germany and the UK account for around 71% of its international traffic. The rest comes from other European Union countries. Domestic traffic covers just three destinations, namely, Gran Canaria, Tenerife Norte, and Madrid-Barajas.
The need to build an aerodrome in the island emerged in the 1930s. Initially, the site was developed to cater to the Spanish Air Force. When the aerodrome started accepting civil traffic in 1946, further development and improvements were carried out. In March 1970, the construction of a new passenger terminal was completed. During the same month, the airport began facilitating domestic and international flights. In 1999, the old terminal became Terminal 2 and was designated for inter-island and national flights. A newly built passenger terminal became Terminal 1 for international flights.
There are numerous shops that shopaholic travelers can check out in the airport. For the gastronomic necessities, there are many bars, four snack bars, and an ice cream parlor in designated areas of the airport. Five restaurants are serving meals, including popular fast food chains Burger King and Pizza Hut. In the Departures Hall are a money exchange office and several ATMs. The entire Lanzarote Airport is a free Wi-Fi zone.
Parking & Transportation
The front of the terminal is where a parking area is located. It can accommodate up to 1,100 cars at a time. The first 30 minutes of parking is free. After that, a e0.50 fee is charged for the next 30 minutes and/or e0.95 per hour. For travelers who opt to take public transportation, the Arrivals Hall is where bus line 4 terminal is, where there is a bus leaving every 30 minutes going to major destinations in Lanzarote. Taxis can be hired near the same hall. There are also designated counters for car rental firms.
Just like in all other Spanish airports, security is quite tight in Lanzarote Airport. Safety and security is ensured by the Security Forces and private security guards. Standard security check is performed on all passengers prior to allowing them to get into boarding areas. Luggage and other things are subject to X-ray inspection.
Surrounding Places to Stay
The nearest hotels can be found in Puerto del Carmen. Those are Beatriz Playa and Sol Lanzarote. Many travelers also opt to stay in the Arrecife Gran Hotel in Arrecife. Accommodation rates may vary depending on the time of booking. During the tourism peak months of May to October, expect to experience difficulty in making reservations and to find costlier rates. Online booking is recommended for those who want to find discounts and more competitive rates.
Be well prepared before travelling to Lanzarote. Avoid carrying prohibited objects and substances. Bring enough cash and have it converted into useful currency at any of money exchange centers in the island. Expect crowd in all facilities during the peak season from May to October. There is a limitation on how much tobacco and alcohol can be exported from the Canary Islands. A traveler may have to consider this when shopping for such items before leaving the airport.
Telephone: +34 902 404 704
Fax: (0)928 846 022
Address: Aeropuerto de Lanzarote, Apto de Correos 86 35500, Arrecife de Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Spain
Number of Terminals: 1
Time Zone: GMT (GMT + 1 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October)
Location: The airport is located 5km (3 miles) from Arrecife
IATA airport code: ACE